Let me start today by explaining that I don’t think “failure” is a bad word. To me, it means, “I stretched and pulled a muscle. Better warm up, prepare, train, and try harder the next time.”
The bad words are
- didn’t give it my all
- not prepared
- I can’t because I am scared
- I can’t because I am lazy
- I won’t because it’s hard
Those are bad words – not “failure.”I love reading Brad Isaac’s thought’s on the subject.
I’ll tell you when I’ll stop. When it’s done.
I may not break through today, tomorrow or the next, but it will happen; one way or another. I hope it won’t take me 700 tries. But if it does then that means I’ve done something very few people can do…Persistence is what makes you and me different than others. Climbing to the other side of the mountain even though people say it’s “impossible” or “can’t be done” has got to be our specialty… one failure is ok, 100 failures is a whole lot better. If you don’t fail and fail a lot you probably aren’t stretching yourself. You aren’t creating, inventing or designing extraordinary results. Failing, and adjusting your actions and failing again is how success happens.
I don’t like having a “Plan B.” It makes me lazy, I second guess myself, I accept failure, and don’t act like my life depends on success. In a nutshell – it makes me weak.
I am a huge fan of preparation and planning. Weird huh? Not really. I plan for the best. While planning, I always ask, “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” If the outcome and probabilty of the worst are acceptable to me, I move forward – Not because I have a “Plan B”, but because I am prepared for the failure of “Plan A.”
I guess this is the thought that comes through when I talk about the umbrella. This is also why I see Rocky’s loss in Rocky III as one of the best things that could have happened to him. It is the reason failure is not the end but giving up or never starting is.
I believe in relationships and personal interactions. That is my safety net. I am not an island. I am not independent. I am not self reliant. Does that sound weak? It’s not. It’s reality. It is a life full of people I depend on and depend on me.
The whole notion of Fallback is new to me (thanks to Pete). And I am not sure what it entails or how I feel about it.
But, I am certain…when you are packing the only chute you are going to jump out of the plane with, you are far more motivated to do it right.