When Striving For Greatness FAILS!

I feel this is a great time to write this blog as we jump into a new year with extra motivation to achieve new goals. As most of you know I had a little accident last year pretty much destroying my knee for the 2nd time and requiring 2 more surgeries and a 2nd knee reconstruction while trying to achieve a goal. I’m still struggling to this day with range of movement and strength but with a potential 12 months worth of rehab needed there’s a long way to go still. So in this blog I’m going to be brutally honest about why I did it, the struggles I went through and how you can benefit from this.

I can still remember the day, Queens Birthday 2017 the first step in attempting my 2017 goal of a Burpee Backflip (if your not sure what that is youtube it). I knew I had the power and size to be able to complete this goal and with expert help from Bubbles I was dead-set on achieving it. We started off with the basic drills and then moved onto the backflipping into the foam pit. As always I have no fear so just starting nailing out back flips sometimes landing on my face but who cares you get back up and go again. Myself and Bubbles can still remember the distinct loud sound of my ACL completely snapping and the pain coming back just as it did the first time I did it playing rugby (if your a sadist you can youtube people snapping their ACL too). There was no way I was walking out under my own weight, left hospital with crutches and I always knew I had done my knee in again. This was all confirmed a few weeks later with the surgeon saying ‘You did it bloody good this time’.

2 weeks later I was under the knife and ready for it all to be over with and start the rehab process – or so I thought. While under the knife the surgeon found that it was not what they thought and they could only do so much and prep for another surgery. This is where I went to one of the darkest times in my life. I honestly felt borderline depressed being caught in this no mans land of having to wait for another surgery to then rehab after that. I really don’t know why I felt this way but I wasn’t happy within myself, I wasn’t happy at home and I wasn’t happy at work. This was the first time ever I felt like I hate everything, I feel worthless and was ready to give up PT and sell my shares in Activ8. Only 2-3 people know of these struggles until I write this blog and to this day I still don’t know why I felt like that. Fast forward a couple of months my negative mindset has changed, I’ve had my second surgery and successful knee reconstruction and well on my way through the rehab process feeling awesome as always again – just not being able to do leg day :(. It’s still hard seeing everyone else be able to do whatever they like and any hobby they want whenever they want, but I know these are the consequences I have to go through and I too will be back to these soon.

So your reading this thinking setting that goal definitely wasn’t worth it then? What a crock of s**t. Yes its been an inconvenience but I didn’t know this freak accident was going to happen. If I didn’t challenge myself to this goal then there’s no point, I like risk when it comes to something new in terms of fitness. I’m always going to challenge that you don’t have to be a specific body type to be able to achieve certain goals. This is a stumbling block, physiologically yes – I regret it a little, but mentally I’m strong and determined. I set a goal- I have to achieve it (be it might be modified a little), what message would that be sending to you- that look to us to help you achieve your own goals.(just don’t tell Jill our physio and my wife).

So, what’s all this got to do with you? Well, we get so hung up on ‘I have to lose 5 kg or 1 dress size’ bla bla bla- boring, why not make a goal where that will be the by-product. Set a S.M.A.R.T goal that has nothing to do with weight loss etc . Something that actually challenges you, make it to be able to run 2 half marathons or be able to do 100 push ups in a row. It doesn’t have to be as crazy as my goal but don’t you think if you slightly altered your mindset in terms of goal setting to something actually challenging the by-product of weight loss etc will come from the extra training going into achieving your fitness goal?? Just ponder it. If you fail your first time or get injured don’t let it put you off-  see it as a stumbling block to go even harder. I could have given up like a lot of people do when they get injured, but that’s just the easy way out, you havn’t given up on yourself. If one area is injured there’s always another that can be worked on, so let’s stop making excuses to take the easy way out, step up, dust our conscience and ego aside, and keep making ourselves better.

So I challenge you to challenge yourself in terms of goal setting. Don’t make it about your body, your body will change achieving your goal. I’ll leave you with this quote:

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again & if you try, you might fail, but if you don’t try, you’ll never succeed.

Shayne Dunseath