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Have you ever let perfection stand in the way of progress?

fear, failure, success, goals, health, fitness

Have you ever let perfection stand in the way of progress?fear, failure, success, goals, health, fitness Do you feel that whatever you do has to have an ALL OR NOTHING approach?

As a “type A” personality, I know I have.  Too often, I have allowed my fear of the unknown, uncertain and uncomfortable determine my progress in life, health and otherwise. And if I was doing something and messed up, well, that was it, it was done.

When I was younger, I didn’t see it as well and definitely didn’t try to break out of my comfort zone. But now that I am older, I can see the green grass on the other side of fear. That’s not to say that I don’t still feel uncomfortable with certain things, but more that I have weighed the pros and cons and am not going to let fear keep me from reaching my goals.

When it comes to fitness and nutrition, so many people think they have to do EVERYTHING 100% or it won’t work. And worse, that they have to be good at something before they ever even try it.

I have a dear friend who, from the beginning, has told me that before he can work with a trainer or go to the gym, he needs to get in shape first. To some that may seem a bit odd but if you look at it from his perspective, you’ll see that fear is the basis for this assumption. And what that fear is based on is the assumption of failure – whether in the eyes of other gym goers, the eyes of a trainer, not being able to stick to his plan, or otherwise, this fear is now controlling the amount and type of progress he will be able to achieve.

(This is not to say that you can’t get in shape without a gym or trainer, you very much can…it just takes a little more work and thought on your part to do that.)

Well, I have GREAT news for you today if you normally think the way myself or my friend do.


In fact, one of the joys of being human is that we are all imperfect beings who can strive to be better. If everyone could do everything, there would be nothing left to reach for.

When an area of fear enters your life, I encourage to you to go through an experiment of sorts with yourself on a trial and error basis. Scientists don’t give up when they hit the “error” point, they change direction, regroup and go forward again to find success.

Take a moment today to find a small (or big) way to step outside your comfort zone. Create a plan to work through your fear and stand victorious on the other side!

Today we turn our fear in to an ability to F.E.A.R. – FACE EVERYTHING AND RISE


Committed to YOUR success,

Kris Stokes

Custom Fitness, LLC Founder

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