You can see how I did on the 31 posts in 31 days challenge! FAILED!
In my enthusiasm I set my goals high. If you’ll read back to the beginning of the month you will see that I had the intention of reviewing 2012 and more or less identifying what went right and what went wrong. Instead of simply going about the 31 day challenge, I set myself a second, gigantic 365-day task of reviewing the entire past year. The challenge of writing 31 posts in 31 days is something I have done. The challenge of, not only reviewing an entire year but critically analyzing, sorting and integrating the lessons learned during that time as poignant (and brief) postings that relate to healthier running… well that was too much.
Good thing that I am trying to get better at failing!
Failing is a lot like falling. You have to go down in order to go up, its simply physics. Failing allows me to take the bounce… And for me the only way to free myself up to take this bounce is to treat my failure with a sense of playfulness, to hold onto it lightly, as if it old at any moments just slip through my fingers. So here I am pointing out my failure, hoping that you will laugh at it a little with me and not hold it against me but rather use it as an opportunity to laugh at your own failures a little. You might be saying, “My failures are too big to brush off like yours…” or, “easy for you to say, your failure has no real consequence…” Well, look at it this way. I make my living working with clients, clients who are likely to read my blog and take it as proof that I am reliable and trustworthy. Saying I am going to do something and then not doing it says what about my character? How many clients might I potentially lose by simply failing to follow through on my word? Seems like a pretty big deal to me!
If I can do it you can do it. Accept that you tried something and it didn’t go the way you hoped and now enjoy the greater capacity for rising up, now that you have fallen (it helps to smile a little, even if you don’t feel like it right at the moment).
Oh and I ran another half marathon. So it isn’t all failure. There is always a bit of both.