Oct 26 2012
I mean I have, you know, fallen, but you get up. You don’t fall, you don’t learn anything
The world is full of lessons if you listen hard enough. This lesson is from a Vet who now has artificial legs. No it is not that you have to go through some tremendous tragedy before you can enjoy life. The lesson is that if you are not failing on a consistent basis you are not learning. I know I forget sometimes that when I fail at something it does not make me a failure. I am only a failure if I stop trying. Failing only means that there is another lesson to be learned.
If everything is going perfectly for you, then you are not growing, you are not getting better. From an athletic perspective think of it this way: Let’s take the bench press for example. If you are a power lifter you want to be able to press as much as possible one time. Lets say your goal is 500 pounds. If you are an NFL prospect the scouts want to see how many times you can press 225 pounds. Lets say your goal is 25 times. Body builders may just want to use the bench press to gain mass and then use more specific lifts to sculpt their bodies for competition.
What we all know is that in none of these examples do any of the athletes simply go out and hit their goal on the first try. They have to work at it over time. They have many failures along the way. Many times they will have workouts where the goal is to fail. And they happily accomplish failure because they know that they cannot succeed until they have failed.
Listen to the interview of Nick Staback on NPR. Listen to how it begins as another Vet who has come home and has changed. There seems to be nothing unique about the story until you learn that he has lost his legs. Then listen to how the tone and the interview changes. It is not the loss of his legs that has made the big difference, it is not the change to his perspective of life. It is that he has learned that he needs to keep pushing himself to learn how to use his new legs better. He knows that he is strong and will have a normal life and falling is part of succeeding in his new life.
So rejoice failure, failing, and challenge yourself. See if you can fail. See where failure can lead you.