Nothing great has ever come of a half hearted effort. When we want to accomplish something magnificent, the effort we put behind that goal will need to be equal or greater than the result we wish for. The victorious challenge is not the challenge we always win, but the one we learn the most from. All great people have put themselves into situations that are very challenging and “failed”. They have practiced rising again and again when they fall and that is why they know how to get back up and move on with a better perspective. There is no secret pill or silver bullet that can prepare us for success. The process is simple. Try, fail, try, fail, try, try, try. Repeat. The victories are the gems we find along the way and, more often than not, we need to fall to find them!

The unknown can be very scary. Taking that first plunge, that first at bat, that first step, it’ never easy. Challenging ourselves to get out of our comfort zone and test our boundaries allows us the practice we need to better control our response to pressure. Every time we step out, we gain a little confidence and a bit of courage. We begin to understand that the unknown, though sometimes dark and scary, brings out something really special from deep in our being. Michael Jordan once said “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” He has missed more shots than he has made. Failing has literally made him the great player he is. He just never stopped trying!

Presenting ourselves with intelligent challenges is key to our longevity and quality of life. It is inevitable that life will hand us some nasty cards once in a while. Terrible events like sudden loss of a loved one or illness can lead our mind down some very dark roads. It takes practice to find our way through the darkness and into the light. Of course there must be time for mourning and sadness, but giving up is never and option for the practiced mind. If we have never known the feeling of failure, of rising again when we fall hard, of stepping back up to the plate when we have struck out, it may feel impossible to rise. We must prepare for life with self imposed challenges.

In order to prepare for these awful but very real scenarios, we must allow ourselves the opportunity to fail! We must work through the feelings that rise up when we are broken. We have to learn to brush our shoulders off and get back up from the fall, even when it hurts. Emotional resilience is a critical part of the development of our stress response and it is what you build when you step into the great unknown and take the victorious challenge. There is no failure for the person who perseveres. Failing is not fun, but it is necessary to really appreciate and understand what it take to be successful.

Gumsaba is a great way to give yourself a victorious challenge every day and the perfect way practice your emotional and physical resilience so that you are better prepared for the hand you will be dealt by this wonderful life you are living. Practice challenging yourself a little every day. Do things that make you feel a bit uncomfortable. If you are always parked you will never even know what opportunities await along the great highway of life. Be ready. Put yourself in a position to play the hand you are dealt with confidence and courage. Take the victorious challenge!

0K Gumsaba team


We took the challenge and trained for the HEALDSBURG Half Marathon! Congrats to everyone on our awesome team who accomplished this on Saturday! Thanks a million to Coach Karen for her great training and Deb G for the beautiful accommodations.

Gumsaba Fitness Class schedule Monday 10/27/14

5:30AM Womens only Sunrise class – Coach Briana – Strength in numbers!

5:30AM Sunrise Danville Mens only class – Coach Joel – Strength In numbers!

6AM Sunup Moraga Womens only Class – Coach Michelle – TRX Strength in Numbers

8:15AM Sunrise Moraga Womens only Class – Coach Michelle – TRX Strength in Numbers

9AM Sunshine Walnut Creek Womens only class – Coach Briana – Strength in numbers!

11:30PM Cytosport Boot camp Lite Benicia – Coach Michelle (private class) Interval Training 

12:30PM Cytosport Boot camp Benicia – Coach Michelle (private class)  Interval Training 

4PM Cytosport Vinyasa Flow Yoga – Coach Michelle D. (private class)