While on our run yesterday, brother-in-law Nick and I had a rather powerful conversation about failure. We were discussing the thought processes behind achieving professional or fitness goals, and we both admitted to being very fearful of failure. I try to use the fear of failing as a motivator (I talk about this a lot in the HTP book), but sometimes, the fear of failing holds me back from trying something or makes me quit too soon.
Thatâ€™s when I realized: we decide when weâ€™ve failed. We decide when weâ€™re ready to give up; we decide when we havenâ€™t reached our goal and should just quit. How powerful would it be to think, â€œItâ€™s not that Iâ€™ve failedâ€¦ itâ€™s just that I havenâ€™t succeeded yet.â€ Yet. I love this idea of the â€˜yet.â€™ You arenâ€™t a failure. Youâ€™re just not a success yet.
Goals of the week: Eat regular meals at mealtime (been struggling with this lately because of the bebe), run a total of 18 miles (one more than last week!), sign the lease on our new clinic space, wrap up some other contracts that Iâ€™m working on, write another 3,000 words for my novel, and be light in the heart (thatâ€™s a vague goal, but a worthy one, right?).
Lunch courtesy of the hubby:
Fruit, veg, tofu, and toast. Complemented well by my coffee and chocolate. A bit small, though, so Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™ll be scrounging up more food very soon.
What are you working towards?