“It is fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”
- Bill Gates
I set the alarm for 4am. 4Am strikes, the alarm sounds, I get up. Good, right? No. I use the restroom and then get right back in bed thinking just another 15 minutes. I awake again at 4:38. I jump out of bed feeling slightly discouraged because I know that I don't have time to get in the workout that I had planned. Get dressed and get out the door. At the track by 5:10. My intentions were to do 7 miles at or under a 7:30 pace with a set of bleachers and 30 burpees on every mile. My bad decision this morning allowed me to only get 3 miles in. I kept the 7:30 pace with the bleachers and burpees at every mile and I even saw a pretty cool meteor shower. But, I failed myself. I had a goal, a plan, and I deviated. You might say... well that doesn't sound so bad, after all, you got up and trained even though you obviously didn't want to. There is a saying that goes something like this; “The harder you are on yourself, The easier life is on you.” I can't accept not living up to the expectations I have for myself. And further, I know that the guy that beats me at the next race didn't sleep an extra 15 minutes or an extra 38. He got up and put in the time. If I lose, I have no excuse.
Sometimes this is exactly what success looks like. A bunch of failures that you don't let stop you, discourage you, or slow you down. They only fuel the fire and push you harder. I will succeed. This is only a minor setback. When you miss a workout or you don't quite make the mark you set for yourself. Don't give up. Stay in the game, consider what went wrong a lesson on what not to do next time.
Failure is just feed back. Failure shows us the way by showing us what isn't the way.