The modern world is set up for you to fail. Disappointment, rejection, and fear are everywhere. Our lives are constantly being filled with distractions that keep us from doing what is truly necessary. How depressing is that? Well, it’s only depressing if you let it win. By it, I mean failure.
You see, the more books I read, the more documentaries I watch, and the more podcasts I listen to, the more I realize that pain and struggle are a prerequisite to success. If you want to become a millionaire, a world class athlete, or achieve any level of perceived greatness, you’re gonna have to take your lumps.
What I mean by this is, regardless of your goals (assuming you have set some for yourself) you’re going to have to overcome some obstacles along the way that will test your will to keep pursuing that very goal.
Let’s take my favorite athlete of all time, Michael Jordan for example, the greatest player to ever step onto a basketball court, was cut from his eighth grade high school team. Did that discourage him? Probably. Did he question his abilities? Most likely. Did he give up and let it defeat him? No f*cking way!!
It was this failure that fueled his fire to become the best basketball player he could possibly be (which coincidentally is the best player in history!) His competitive drive and desire to succeed far outweighed any setbacks he would experience.
How about Thomas Edison? We’d all be squatting in freakin’ dark if Thomas Edison decided that the whole light bulb thing was a little too far fetched.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that do not work.” – Thomas Edison
And let’s not forget the undisputed queen of the modern world, Oprah Winfrey, was once told early in her career that she was “unfit for television.” Now she has her own network and is one of the richest women on the planet!
I’m not quite sure when we became so scared to give our best effort regardless of the outcome. Maybe, as adults we’ve been conditioned to “play it safe” and maintain the status quo.
“Don’t look stupid.”
“Don’t question authority.”
“It’s too much work so don’t waste your time.”
These are all the things we are told that keep us from achieving what we really want.
Training is no different. We all know the hardest part of any training program is starting one. And anyone who trains regularly knows that not every workout is going to be an earth shattering experience. But it doesn’t have to be in order for it to be worthwhile and effective.
I’m pretty sure every moment of every day at your job isn’t ultra productive and gratifying yet you continue to do that day in and day out.
Like anything else in life, there’s going to be good days and bad days.
My point is, there is always going to be something standing between you and your goals that will make you think twice about moving forward.
Fear and excuses will never be in short supply which is why it’s so easy to just sit back and do nothing.
The truth is there are very few things in life that matter or directly impact your quality of life. One of those things is your physical fitness.
Despite all of your fears and frustrations, being in good physical shape can enhance all aspects of your life.
You don’t need to be a pro athlete for training to be beneficial either, you just need to do something and once you’ve started you can NEVER stop. That’s the only rule.
Have I ever missed a lift? Tons of times.
Have I ever been laid out flat on my back gasping for air after a tough workout? More times than I’d like to mention to be honest.
Has my desire to train been affected by these experiences? Yeah, I’m hungrier than ever to be the best I’ve ever been!
You see, failure can do only one of two things to a person:
- turn you into a coward that will never reach their potential because you’re too scared to make mistakes.
- make you stronger and want to push harder to reach your goals.
Without failure, no lessons are learned.
Without failure, you become complacent.
Without failure, you have no idea what your limits are.
Through failure, you build character.
Through failure, you find out if what you’re striving for is really worth it.
Through failure, you develop grit.
Through failure, success tastes that much sweeter.
I dare you to be yourself, pursue your passion, and do what makes you happiest.
I dare you to find out what you’re truly made of.
I dare you to take action in spite of what others might say or think of you.
I dare you to fail, because that, my friend, is how champions are born.
The next time you fail, ask yourself what are you going to do about it?