. . . with failure?
Content: satisfied with what one has; not wanting more or anything else.
If you read my blog, the answer would seem self evident: I am not content with failure. Not content with being BOTP, not content with races where my training doesn’t seem to pay off, not content when I’m dealt a bad weather hand . . . shall we go on?
And when I do fail (and I will), I certainly don’t fall into the not wanting more or anything else.
It makes me sound like the a true grinch, doesn’t it? An angry, negative person? I hope my friends would set you straight, because I don’t consider myself to be that person.
My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.— Abraham Lincoln
Failure must be an option
When you’ve got astronauts trapped in outer space, I get it — you have to figure out a way to get them back. When it comes to racing, however, you’re going to fail. Probably over and over and over again.
Every failure is a step to success. — William Whewell
Even if you start running and everything is great, the PRs keep rolling in, you’re injury free — at some point the tables will turn. Maybe you get injured. Maybe your hard training doesn’t net you a PR. Maybe you fall out of love with running.
What you do next can make or break your running success. Do you hang up your running shoes and never race again? Do you stop running altogether? Do you just content yourself with past glories and assume your glory years are over?
Or do you dig deep and continue to race, continue to train, knowing that some day, some way, the training will pay off.
I hope it’s the latter. I had many running failures (as far as races are concerned). Disappointing race after disappointing race. Injury. Yet I kept at it, with no PRs, no AG awards — and then the PRs did start rolling in.
Every disappointing race was just a step towards success.
It’s not a failure if you are content to keep trying
The only way we learn and grow is if we are not content with failure (sorry, Abe). Our biggest growth does come from our failures, because we learn from them and they build mental toughness.
I’m not suggesting that you need to be content with failure — seriously, who ever crossed the finish line of a bad race and say “go me!”. It’s okay to be disappointed and frustrated. Just channel that into motivating you to continue — but not so much that you over train and burn out or injure yourself. Be content with the knowledge that better races are out there for you.
It’s a brand new year for me. I have yet to race in 2018. I have dreams and goals, but one thing I know for sure:
Whether or not my goals are achieved this year, I will believe that every failure is a stepping stone to a future success. I believe (there’s that 2018 word — do you remember yours?) that failures will happen, that I will learn from my failures, and that I will be content with the journey and in the knowledge that my failures will ultimately lead me towards even greater successes.
— Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy
I am linking up with Debruns and her Wednesday Word
Tell me in the comments:
Are you content with the journey?
Do you believe it’s possible to be content with the failures?