I don’t think I’ve ever met a person who enjoys failing. It is not fun when things don’t go your way. The more effort you have invested, the more disappointing failure is. I’ve had my fair share of failures and it took a really long time for me to understand the value of failing. I know now that failure is one of the first signs of success. Wait failure is the opposite of success, isn’t it? No, the opposite of succeeding is staying the same. Success and failure change you and staying in your comfort zone does not. Therefore a lack of desire and action are the real problems not failing.
So if failure is such a good thing then why is it so unpleasant? Sometimes it takes experiencing what you don’t want to realize exactly what you do want. How much you’re willing to give to make it a reality can give you the perspective you needed to succeed in the first place. Also failure has a way of creating urgency, which can drive you to shut out all possible distractions. Once you eliminate most or all distractions, your focus gets a real boost. Increased focus helps make things go a lot more smoothly. The more smooth things go the better result you’ll get.
Just remember the end result isn’t as important as the lessons you learn along the way. Success can be a bad teacher. It can inflate one’s ego if things tend to come easily. An inflated ego is not what you want to strive for. Failure is the BEST teacher out there. You and I both know there is nothing more humbling than falling flat on your face both metaphorically and literally. However, falling on your face will help you become more aware of things you may possibly trip on thus preventing your beautiful face from future damages.
On November 7th, 2015 I competed in my first ever ninja competition. I didn’t do as well as I could have or wanted to. I fell on an obstacle called the Spider Jump that I normally handle fairly easily. I was heartbroken and had to fight back some serious tears. It crushed me because I had put so much work in, only to fall on an obstacle I shouldn’t have. However, I was reminded of a valuable lesson. It didn’t matter how many times I had succeeded at that obstacle before the competition. My past results were irrelevant. I rushed myself because of nerves and that lack of focus cost me my potential victory. Right now it’s hard for me to even think about without getting a little emotional because it still hurts. I can guarantee that hurt is the driving factor to push me to do more to succeed in future competitions. So learn from your mistakes and use failure as ignition to drive you to succeed.
Remember that you must put forth the time and effort to become the person you want to be and live the life of your dreams. You owe it to yourself to push to be the best you possible. Strive to improve daily and take things in stride. To find more information and products about self-confidence, success, obstacle training, balance and fun please visit http://www.balanceninja.com.
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