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Failing your way to success

To achieve good health and fitness, you have to take action.

 You need to be disciplined, consistent and dedicated.

 You have to push yourself above and beyond your comfort level.

 You need to push past the burn until you absolutely can’t do any more.

 The same concept and principles apply to life. When you learn how to apply and conquer these principles with your health and fitness, you will find that they will carry over into other areas of your life.

Achieving your health and fitness goals is like running a successful business.  To succeed you have to make mistakes and fail along the way.

Success is on the other side of failure
I was recently listening to an interview John Rowley, author of The Power of Positive Fitness had done with Tom Platz on this subject and how “success is on the other side of failure”.

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In the gym you need to fail in order to succeed.

Those who fail are the ones who succeed.

In the gym, growth is always on the other side of failure.

The biggest triumphs usually follow the biggest failures.  The most successful people are usually the ones who fail the most.

Fail Fast
This analogy came up again in a book I’m currently reading by Marc Ostrofsky called Get Rich Click!.  In the book, he talks about the “The Minefield Game”.

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To be successful at any goal, you need to “Fail Fast”.  If you “Fail Fast”, meaning you learn from mistakes fast enough, you come out ahead.

To quote Marc’s passage in his book:

“In the supercompetitive world we live in, learning from others’ successes as well as from their failures is an essential element of success.  Otherwise, you’re doomed to relive the problems others incurred in the past.

….. we will all have failures along the way.  It’s failing fast, learning from that failure, and getting back in the game that makes the difference between winners and losers.” ~ Marc Ostrofsky

Losing to win
These same principles apply to health and fitness.  We all experience our failures and frustrations when it comes to improving our health and fitness.  In the weight loss game, losing is winning.  The problem is that many of us give up, throw in the towel, don’t learn from failures and don’t get back in the game.

I hate to tell you how many times over the years I have experimented with my nutrition or workout programs and have failed miserably.  How many times I have tried nutritional advice or workout programs from books I have read and have failed miserably.  And yes, it is frustrating …… very frustrating.  But I did not give up.

Then there are the successes.  The successes came from the mistakes I made.  Learning how to tweak my nutrition and workout program.  It’s almost like discovering the right combination that unlocks the safe.

Discover what your weaknesses are, and you will discover your failures.  Rather than throwing your hands up in the air and giving up, ask yourself WHY you didn’t succeed with plan “A” and what can you do differently to create a new plan, that you WILL succeed with.

In order to discover what will help you succeed, you need to discover what will make you fail.  Failing makes you stronger and helps you rise up, to keep looking forward and not look back.

Success is on the other side of failure so remember to fail and fail fast.

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  1. 4 Comment(s)

  2. By Bill Eppright | Reply

    Hi Shari,

    About “Failing your way to Success”: I’ve heard that a torpedo only hits its target by making thousands of corrections along its path. No, no, no, no, no, no,…..YES!

    Thank you for all you do.

    Bill Eppright
    President, Positive Public Image, Inc

  3. By sharifitness | Reply

    Bill,
    Thank you for your comment on this topic. Love the “torpedo” analogy 🙂

    Shari

  4. By Jeff | Reply

    I love articles about failure. If we don’t fail, we don’t learn ANYTHING! Some days I feel like I have failed as many times as Abraham Lincoln, and he was one of the biggest failures in US History. But I think failure is misused. I think people need to substitute the word “setback” for failure. Or even instead of failure, one can say that one has reached her limits in a particular area. One of my colleagues told me that there is wisdom in knowing one’s limits–and experience has told me he is right (but just in particular areas).

  5. By AJ Mihrzad | Reply

    Very good post, It reminds me of one of my fav books “Fail Forward” by John Maxwell. You’ve inspired me to create a similar post on my blog regarding the need for Failure to boost Success.

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