It's almost time for me to get on an airplane and head out to California to run my first marathon. It's exciting and a challenge I am looking forward to, but it's also petrifying. Here is what I have been reminding myself of everyday this week...
FAILURE IS NOT FAILING
English majors may disagree, but hear me out. I've spent months training, run further than I've ever run before, and committed to something that challenges me and scares me. How many people can honestly say they've done that recently? Not to mention how much I have grown from the training process alone. I have more confidence than ever that I can push myself, push my body, and accomplish the things I set my mind to (even if I don't actually accomplish this goal).
So, while I am mostly confident that we will complete the full 26.2 miles, even that nagging voice in the back of my head that asks "what if you don't finish?" doesn't get me down. If I fail on race day, that one failure doesn't mean I'm failing at life or that the journey wasn't worth it. You don't get anywhere in life without failing along the way. In fact, I've found that the faster you fail the faster you can succeed and the more you fail the better the successes are.
It may sound simple, obvious, or something that doesn't need to be said, but for those of you holding back on trying something new, on setting that goal, or challenging yourself, I hope this is your sign. Go for it! Don't be afraid of the chance of failure, embrace it. The journey will be worth it regardless of the outcome. So sign up for that race, register for that class, apply for that program or job, and remember... Failure is not failing.
lover of fitness, sweets, veggies, adventure, travel, and feeling confident.
If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done. - Thomas Jefferson