Failing Forward

Everyone fails.  What do you do when you fail?  Do you see it as a negative or a positive thing?  Failing can even be easy, or the easy way out.  It can also be a way to move forward and become stronger physically and mentally.  I think it is important to try to find something positive in every failure so that you can learn and grow from the experience. 

The Failure

I recently had some trouble at one of my Crossfit competitions.  I struggled so much that I didn’t even finish the workout.  I felt horrible…I had failed.  I spent some time by myself to try to assess my emotions because I still had more workouts to finish.  I had some more work to do and I didn’t know how I was going to get it done.  I was afraid of even more failure.

The Forward

I found my way out of the failure overnight.  I kept telling myself that I wasn’t done yet.  Something good was bound to happen if I kept trying.  And something good did happen.  I deliberately participated in the final workout of the weekend.  I placed 5th.  It felt like redemption.  It never would have happened that way if I had quit.  It would have been easier to quit. 

Failing Forward

Since that weekend, I have thought less about the failures and more about moving forward.  How can I get better?  What can I change in my training to help me become stronger and more confident?  Each day now I am looking for opportunities to train weaknesses.  I am focusing on the things that will help me become a better athlete.

Will I fail again?  Yes.  But I hope that I will be able to fail forward by finding a positive element in my failure.  I want to keep learning from my mistakes so I can get better, stronger mentally and physically.  The next time you fail, see if you can find your positive element to help you grow stronger.  Fail forward so you can be Stronger2day!

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