Failure? Really, what’s failure, but an unintended change of plans.
Nothing good comes easy. I was out skiing the other day, and as is often the case when I’m in the woods, I got to thinking. You come to a path with a fork, the easy way or the hard way. It’s always easier to maintain the status quo – to keep doing what you are currently doing. Keep the same job, stay in the same apartment, keep the same dirty habits and not sign up for that class that you always have thought of taking.
How many times did you fall from the horse when you were learning to ride? How many times do you think an Olympic gymnast falls from the balance beam or smacks her chest into the uneven bars on her way to winning a medal?
Failure and struggle are the flames that harden our resolve. I always thought that it is better to try and fail than never to have tried at all. We need to be strong and sure enough to press on even in the face of adversity and failure. Once we set our compass we can’t allow anything to prevent us from reaching our goal. Every path is filled with pitfalls. Every shoe is filled with pebbles. Even our friends and families sometimes try and dissuade us. Really, sometimes those closest to us are negative influences towards positive change, but that’s another post.
Change and learning new things is tough. It’s easy to sit home every night with your butt on the couch. Changing takes time, effort, discipline and resolve. Personally, I would rather fail ten times at something new than never to have tried to achieve in the first place.
Set your goals, develop a plan, harden your resolve, press on and achieve. The decision is yours, you can be the log or you can be the wedge.
I like to say that, “You can’t make cookies without breaking some eggs.”
And my father would say, “It’s only a failure if you don’t learn from it.”
If you are afraid of falling you’ll never ski.
This is Running Bear skiing downhill. Don’t try this at home kids. Classic old fashioned NON-RESORT New England skiing. The trail is greater than a 30 degree grade. Notice the close placement of the trees.
Here we see Running Bear has reached the terminal point of OF. (It is funny when your friends fall, but only because I know he’ll bounce right back up.) Do you think that Running Bear is done? Please don’t insult him. No, Running Bear will get up, brush himself off and we will go on our way for more uphills, downhills and falls.
My point is that you can’t be afraid to fail and when you inevitably do, you need to pick yourself up, brush yourself off and move on. NEXT!