I want you to celebrate failure…
Crazy? Not at all, in fact, in the world of fitness, a workout isn’t really considered ultimately beneficial until you’ve reached failure. This is when you’ve pushed your muscles to the point where they simply can not push any further and you are forced to stop.
Unfortunately, too often we see failure as when we’ve pushed to discomfort and we willingly stop. This isn’t the same thing, in fact that’s not actually failure, that’s quitting.
I was just reading an old favorite book of mine “As a Man Thinketh” by James Allen (get it free for Kindle). It was written in 1902 and it’s a very small book, but it’s so incredibly powerful. Think about that, it’s over 100 years old and so much of the truth contained within applies today. That’s because the greatest hurdles we have to overcome in life and in business are still within ourselves and that hasn’t changed in over 100 years (truthfully, it’s been thousands of years).
Here’s what I read in As A Man Thinketh that got me thinking about failure (James Allen was emphasizing the importance of finding your core desire or purpose):
“He should make this purpose his supreme duty, and should devote himself to its attainment, not allowing his thoughts to wander away into ephemeral fancies, longings, and imaginings. This is the royal road to self-control and true concentration of thought. Even if he fails again and again to accomplish his purpose (as he necessarily must until weakness is overcome), the strength of character gained will be the measure of his true success, and this will form a new starting point for future power and triumph.”
Did you see that?
Failure is necessary to overcome weakness.
In fact, as James Allen points out, we will continue to failure until we overcome that weakness.
Body builders celebrate the idea of pushing to failure. They don’t even consider the workout finished until they’ve reached failure. But, keep in mind, they don’t reach failure and then go sit on the couch for the rest of their lives, they reach failure knowing it will make them stronger for tomorrow’s workout.
Push to failure and let the strength you gain in that failure create tomorrows starting point just beyond today’s, so you can fail a little past tomorrow’s perceived “impossible.”