We all Fail

Today’s Workout:  25 minutes weights, 8 miles running – 65 minutes

If you are interested and want to read more about my Boston training you can head on over to my training blog.

I started this blog post last Friday and am finally getting around to finishing it.  This post is much more of a journal entry for me and for my family but feel free to read a long and if you get bored or can’t relate check back for a spoonful of sarcasm with a side of awkward photos soon. 😉 

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael JordanI think I’ve shared this quote on my blog before.  I absolutely love it and it is one I am reminded of whenever I experience failures or setbacks in my own life.  I firmly believe that we are all strong people and can truly overcome any of lives failures or obstacles with enough optimism, objectivity, and faith before they consume us with negativity and leave us feeling helpless and hopeless.

Last week was a tough week for my family.  It was a week full of very unexpected failures.  No deaths, illnesses, or even major crisis, just a couple of heart wrenching lost basketballs games that made us all feel empty and as if we had failed.  I can completely relate to the sweet LC and her role in her husbands career because I am definitely emotionally attached to my Dad’s basketball team this year.  When he loses I want to fix it and make it all better but I can’t and his failure becomes my failure.Needless to say I think my co-workers knew I was on edge last week because when I opened my office Friday morning I found this:

Although my co-workers were only pranking me Use Caution was a perfect description of how to approach this runner that day……with plenty of caution!  I was angry, devastated, frustrated and most of all I was sad for my Dad.  I also realized in that moment that I couldn’t fix the fact that my Dad’s team lost two crucial basketball games in a row.  What was done was done and in the past and analyzing every aspect was never going to change the outcome. All I could possibly control was the way I reacted to the situation.  I had two choices.  I could succumb to the failure, give up and complain or I could fight like hell for my Dad and continue to support him.  I chose to change my attitude and react with optimism and confidence.

In life we all fail.  Failure is inevitable and without failure we would never appreciate the sweet taste of success.  I fail in running all the time but ironically I rarely remember my failures.  What I do remember is what I learn from each failed attempt and how every failure, if I allow it to, is ultimetely guiding me towards success.  Failure and success are inseperable from our lives and if we succumb to failure and don’t find healthy ways to deal with it we will never accomplish our goals or realize our full potential.

If you have confidence in yourself and your abilities, you can overcome any failure in your life.

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” Michael Jordan

To myself, my family, the Westlake Girls, or anyone else reading remember you have the power, the skills, and the strength to confront and move on from your failures and let them help you realize your dreams.  Our failures do not define us.  Rather it is our response to moments of weakness that show our true character.