As you seek to progress as an athlete you will be challenged.
It might be endurance laps in the pool, conditioning on the football field, or cross country running on the road. If you’re doing it right, you will inevitability be stretched beyond your ability and you will struggle or fail. That is okay. However, if you want to remain at your current competence level just keep coasting along with what you are comfortable with. But if you want to improve and succeed you have to be willing to fail. Failure is a HUGE part of any success recipe. A good coach will push you out of your comfort zone and introduce you to new movements, skills, drills and exercises that will stretch you into your uncomfortable zone.
Consider this advice from Eric Greitens, author of the book, Resilience:
“You will fail. Especially in the beginning. You will fail. And that’s not just OK, it’s essential. Without resilience, the first failure is also the last—because it’s final.”
Let’s face it, excellent athletes, have learned to comfortably coexist with failure. The excellent fail more often than the mediocre. They begin more. They attempt more. They attack more. Mastery lives quietly on top of a mountain of mistakes.
Eric continues by saying, “The exceptional artist throws away hundreds of photographs. The exceptional writer wears out the eraser (or hits the delete key a lot!). The exceptional investor puts money into losing ventures. If every risk you take pays off, then you probably aren’t actually taking risks. We should understand that those who have built true excellence in their lives are always fighting at the edges of their ability.”
Wow, that just gave me chills! That is exactly what I hope this website will do for you… build true excellence by fighting at the edges of your ability.
As we move out of our comfort zone, let’s understand that if we are to be exceptional at anything, it will come through a willingness to fail, and an exceptional ability to learn from every failure. One of the wishes that I always have for my athletes is that they should fail more often. If they fail frequently, it means that they are trying hard, that they challenge themselves. It is only from the experience of challenging ourselves that we learn and grow, and we often develop and mature much more from our failures than from our successes. Most importantly, when we give something new a try, when we fall down and get up again, we become stronger.”
Here’s to your failure and getting stronger!