The Power of Pain Series: Failure
“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it will last forever.” – Lance Armstrong
It’s really easy to quit. It’s even easier to settle. The most trying times are when you choose not to settle or quit.
Those are the times when you grow the most, and become what you are meant to be.
One of the most basic, natural fears is our fear of failure.
We learn early on that pain compromises our happiness, and who wants to compromise their happiness willingly?
Quitting lets you still have control over that happiness. Quitting allows you to control the outcome of your efforts: you don’t succeed nor fail- you settle.
It keeps everything at an equilibrium and nothing is compromised.
We convince ourselves that quitting is okay because everything really wasn’t “that bad” before, right?
Pursuing a healthier lifestyle, pursuing that dream of being a professional athlete, leaving that job you hate to pursue something you love or whatever it is just caused too much stress.
And, what we are really doing is convincing ourselves why we shouldn’t do something that is hard or uncomfortable, which consequently holds us back from our own potential.
We stand in our own way: we convince ourselves that the door was closed on us when we were the ones who built and closed the door on ourselves.
Quitting is an entrenched reaction to the fear of failure and the disbelief in one’s own ability.
Don’t fear failure: fear never living up to your own potential.
Let failure be a friend that incubates you into the person you WANT to be.
Failure will be with you in the worst times and in the best times, because failure is always there to teach you a lesson that will add something valuable to your life.