Have you ever failed at something? Failed a test? Failed to get that promotion? Failed to lose that weight that’s been holding you back?
If the worst thing you’ve failed at recently is losing a game of Connect Four to your 6-year-old daughter, then move along; I can’t help you.
But last weekend at the Shamrock Run, I learned something about failure that has been a long time coming and I’m going to tell you what it is:
Being afraid to fail only insures that it will happen.
Last weekend, I went to the race with an aggressive race plan. Failure to execute that plan would have left me hobbling to the finish line instead of sprinting there with a new PR in hand.
In my short history of racing, this is the first one where I’ve really dug deep and went for it. It is was the first time where I’ve looked failure in the eye and showed it who was boss. It was the first time that I believed in myself enough to not just go through the motions but to actually push myself as hard as I could to see how awesome I could be.
And guess what? I WAS AWESOME.
You can be too if you believe in yourself and stop being afraid of failure. Feed off that fear. It can motivate you to push past your boundaries, whether they’re physical or psychological. Let it push you to new heights. Don’t be afraid anymore and see where you end up.
I bet you’ll like the results.