Today I went to they gym and got utterly destroyed by my first set of squats. I was disheartened at first, but then I looked back at why I failed, and there I found my mistake.
My pre-workout seemed fine; I stretched, warmed up on the rowing machine, and then stretched some more. However, reviewing the previous twenty four hours made me realize that I had not properly prepared for my workout. First, I had not eaten since breakfast. Second, I slept very late the night before. Third, I did not come to they gym prepared, forgetting my headphones and water bottle. All of these things contributed to my inability to lift that weight when the moment came.
Indeed I was disappointed with myself, but I realized that this was just one workout. This was just one time. I should not let it discourage me from going to the gym. In fact, I should use this workout as motivation to work even harder the next workout. After all, in the grand scheme of things, my one failed workout will mean nothing if I have hundreds of successful workouts. Similarly, one failed incident should not derail an entire project. My innovation project experienced a hiccup, but I will still continue to work on it.
The other thing is that I need to prepare myself properly for a workout, not just immediately before, but days in advance. After all, failing to prepare is preparing to fail.