On the Go Wellness podcast with Regan Archibald, I talked about how pain and injury is one of the best things that can happen to an athlete
Watch this video to learn why.
When I dealt with chronic pain in my knees, all I could think about were my failures.
I obsessed over how much I failed to do the exercises over the years, how I should've trained my body better so I didn't blow my knee out, and how I've failed to move past an old injury.
My pain was a constant reminder of how I failed.
It was all-consuming. No matter the adventure I was on, it was my companion.
But I realized that everything about my old injury, surgery, and pain was perceived as weakness. I felt protective of my body, not free in it. I worried about future surgeries I may need. What adventures I might not be able to do.
I was stuck in a downward spiral.
Then I started to think about what I actually have been able to do as an athletes. The hundreds of miles I've trekked with the mind and body I currently created.
I had a powerful revelation. "If I've been able to do all of these things focusing on failures, what could I do if I focused on strength?>
Failure can either be perceived as a weakness or strength.
When you break a bone, people can typically look at that area of break as a weakness, because, “I've broken that bone. It's not as strong as what it used to be. I've injured it before. It could break it again.”
And I've seen this happen in athletes where they can break the same bone multiple times because they fall into that story of weakness.
The beautiful thing about the physiology of a fracture, and this is how I want to pair with the neurology of a failure is the physiology of a fracture, is that more bone builds around the site of fracture. It builds a callous. It builds a stronger matrix of bone to protect it, because we now have experienced that stress, the body says, “I'm going to make that stronger."
So where the fracture is, it's actually a stronger point in the bone.
So when I'm working with someone who's dealing with a failure, I love this analogy because I tell them your failure is a strength. Your pain is a strength. Your failure is a strength. You are stronger because of the pain you've been through. Click To Tweet
What you haven't done in the past is a strength.
Where you've fallen short is a strength.
The battles you've had to face all build strength.
Because in moments of failure, you can recognize...
What can you change?
What have you learned?
What has that failure taught you]to do differently, to change, to advocate for yourself, so that you can perceive it as a strength.
What I tell my athletes is when you have a failure, people could either perceive you as a failure or people can fear you because you have had it because you know how to channel it.
As your mental conditioning coach, I will help you crack the code that unlocks everything you need to be the total package in your athletic career.
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Dr. Jen Faber, DC is a performance and mental conditioning coach, working with elite athletes, olympic competitors, sports professionals, high-profile individuals and more. She helps clients train their mind as hard as their body to create world class results.
Dr. Jen is the author of Know or Be Told: How Identity Defines Success and founder of MINDFLEX, an online mental conditioning membership designed to help athletes maximize performance, overcome doubts, create bulletproof confidence, and dominate your biggest competitor...yourself. She has been featured on CBS, CW, TalentCulture, iHeartRadio, and more. Throughout her career Dr. Jen has worked with NFL players, Triathletes, The Lady Gaga Tour, Broadway Performers, The Washington Ballet, The Kennedy Center, National Geographic.
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