Athlete Strong: 3 Signs that You're Stronger than You Think

Muscles get the money shot.

Abs get the spot light.

And speed gets fame and glory.

But if that's all there is to being an athlete....then almost ANYONE can do it. All you have to do is train, right?

Ever tried that? Full on, crash course into 100% effort training?

How did it go? Like a dumpster fire on wheels?

Action plans like that usually end as quickly as they start. There's no shame in admitting you've tried this in one version or another. I know I have....and they've never worked for me, either.

Afterwards though, you learn it doesn't work. Maybe because you didn't plan enough, you didn't prep enough, you weren't STRONG enough...

...nope. stop right there...

You are an athlete. And that makes you Athlete Strong. You've gotten here, to this point, through hard work, sweat, commitment, and persistence. So what if you've had a one...or two...dumpster fires of your own. Here are 3 signs you're stronger than you think.

1. You learn from failure and try again.

Sounds simple, right? After your dumpster fire crashed and came to a screeching halt, you sat down and drafted another training plan. This time, one that was more realistic, obtainable, and influenced from the failings of the previous one. Don't ever think that failure is because you weren't good enough or you weren't strong enough. There's always room to grow and improve, especially as an athlete where we dissect every play and scrutinize every practice. But we don't always know how or what to improve on until we fail and we can see more clearly which direction we need to be headed in. We succeed the most when we re-frame failure into something inevitable but NOT crippling. When we see failure as a foundation-builder instead of foundation-destroyer, we rise to a new level of strong.

2. You learn to sift through criticism