Celebrating Failure

Everyone knows how to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, weddings and the like. Everyone is excited about these things and they are moments in life that should be recognized, honored, and made to remember.

Unfortunately I find myself celebrating failures and not successes.

It is easy to think about all the things I could be doing better, recognize how much farther I have to go, and remember my shame, embarrassment, and lack of accomplishment everyday. I sit and mull over my failures and bring them with me wherever I go.

I let thoughts of failure run circles in my mind until am dizzy:

You should have ran those sprints at 9mph…why are you so lazy?

You only did sets of 12 lunges, you could have done 15…you don’t try hard enough.

You went over on your macros by 6 carbs today…with that lax of an attitude you’re never going to amount to anything!

I give my failure the place successes should have in my life. I have no need or reason to give my ‘failures‘ any recognition or honor; they are not to be celebrated.

It is time to spend my emotional energy on the things that I have done well in the day and leave the rest behind. Figure Competitors need to travel lean through life in order to make it to the stage. To win on competition day, you have to learn how to win everyday.

I choose to celebrate my success each and every day. And those ‘failures‘…that’s what tomorrow’s for, because in tomorrow they don’t exist!

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  1. Bravo! There was a wee tear in my eye as I also do this to myself. Thank you for the eye opener!

  2. What’s the saying, ‘what we focus on expands and grows’, or something like that? So – yes – don’t focus on the “failures”, focus on the amazing accomplishments you have every day. There are so many!!

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