I think people are too hard on failure, because the technical result is that it means you didn’t “win.” I mean, we know that you can’t always win, but we often forget the fact that failure is just simply what can happen in a singular moment, not a definite forecast of the future.
Be your own weatherman.
It’s all in how you interpret the result. If you didn’t win, you can conceive that you’ll never win, ever, for the rest of your life. Alternatively, you can take the failure as a learning curve, adjust yourself, and see what happens next time. Maybe you’ll fail slightly less. Thomas Edison, inventor, and I’m assuming, all round nice guy, was quoted in saying,
“ I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
It’s easy to forget about failure when we are constantly seeing what is new or viral on the internet. It’s easy to forget about the up and coming bands, or even the ones just starting out, when all you watch is the Top 50 Countdown, (although I do miss watching RAGE). For these less popular bands, getting to the Top 50 is never guaranteed.
All they can do is try their best, see what others are doing, try it themselves, see what works, what doesn’t, and keep recording new songs. What is guaranteed however, is that they definitely won’t make the countdown if they take their failures to heart and give up completely.
There is no room on a front cover for a story.
Just like how every overnight success has 10 years in the making, we have to remember that every success has a minefield of failures in it’s wake.
To draw a parallel to our health, it’s the same as how every fit person you see has their own story of trials and tribulations of how they got there. It’s just not as newsworthy, or noteworthy, to talk about. Their fitness potential is identical to yours; they’re just further along the hurdle track than you.
Despite your current thoughts on the matter, it is possible to reach a level of fitness you’re completey proud of. Maybe you already have. But if you’re reading this blog post, it’s likely that you haven’t yet. I sure haven’t. But don’t confuse the fact that not being at that stage now, means that you never will.
There is no “I” in “Quit”. Wait, yes there is.
So you’re not there now. You’ve failed, but you’re not a failure. This probably wasn’t your first attempt either. How many diets or workout regimes have you tried in your life? It just means you haven’t found what works for you yet. We’re all special goddamn snowflakes, remember? As long as your last attempt wasn’t your final attempt, you’re still in the race.
It is possible that you will reach your fitness goal. It’s also possible that you won’t. The only thing for certain is, if you do, it’s because you made it possible. After all the failures and setbacks and times when you almost gave up, you didn’t.
If you’ve always failed in your fitness attempts, don’t be so hard on yourself. Take comfort in knowing that everyone fails. Every brick wall in the road has a possibility of stopping you in your tracks, or making an even better story and feeling of accomplishment when you get to your final destination.
In your own individual future, you’ll either figure it out, or you won’t. But the true failure is when you stop trying.