Friday, August 8, 2014
You Need to Fail
Long story short: I failed my driving test. Whoops. Apparently, I like to run over people on my left turns...
I was so upset after I left the DPS last week. Not only did I feel stupid, I was so embarrassed and it really made me feel like a baby. I already told my friends I would be driving! All I could think was, "How can I fail DRIVING? I'm such a child. My mom can't drive me around forever! I want a job. I want to see my friends, travel to and from school, pick up things from the store, ext..."
But after I calmed down, I realized that failing this test was not the end of the world. Okay, things have been made very inconvenient now that I have to wait to drive. But what did I learn?
I'm not perfect. I make mistakes. I have learned from these mistakes, and next time will do better.
My driving test is only one example out of many. Because this idea of failure as a good thing should be applied to all areas of life, your training especially.
I can not tell you how many attempts I have missed a lift. Or all the times I could hardly rep half of what I did a few days ago, just because I felt off.
I am not perfect, but I have grown stronger (physically, and mentally) through lots and lots of epic FAILS.
It is okay to not be able to give 100% effort in all your workouts, every single session, for the rest of your life. What people often forget is that this lifestyle of fitness that we chose is exactly that- a LIFESTYLE. Are you in a good mood EVERY day? Do your clothes fit right EVERY day, is your hair always looking good, do you never get stuck in traffic, do you always get along with your spouse?
Of course not! So why do so many of us expect that out of our gym life? What is important is not the few times you fail per say, but the fact that you succeed (or at least give it your all) MOST of the time.
It is perfectly fine to fail. In fact, it is even healthy... not getting what we want sometimes brings us back down to earth to enjoy a big slice of humble pie.
Stay motivated. Stay sane. And yes... fail a few times.
Have you ever failed, in training or otherwise?