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The Unelite Athlete

Investing In Failure

Sounds ridiculous right? I mean why would you want to fail? Why try to achieve something if you think the only outcome could be, or will be failure?

Simple. Failure equals growth.

Whenever I started running, there was always a fear. What if it doesn’t work? What if I have told everyone that I’m doing this and everyone witnesses my inability to follow through on what I set out to achieve? What if they see me fail?

This is what would play through my head before every race, every long run, every goal that I set. It would scare me. I would let it control me, and when I failed, I would let it consume me.

Now I embrace it. The thought of failure only pushes me further because if I fail, I know where my limitations are, and I can address the weaknesses. If I fail, I have learned some valuable information about myself that before I wouldn’t have known.

It creates a gritty determination. The type of confidence that makes you stand at the start of a race and get ready to chew through the miles. The problem with not failing is that I have to go again, to try and find my limitations, because that is the only way that I’ll be satisfied.

I don’t want to stop failing because the only way to succeed is through failure. I’ll never stop failing because with each success I gain, it just let’s me set my goals bigger, higher, and further.

So why wouldn’t I want to invest my time in failure. It’s given me a lot more than I thought it would. It’s given me hunger and drive and ambition. I know that I could stop trying. I could get up and say to myself, “Calum, you know that you can run a marathon, so just stick to that. Even try and work on your time, try and get faster.”

That’s not what I want. I’m lucky enough to know exactly what my goals are, and it’s to go as far as my legs will carry me, then next time, it’s a little further. So embrace failure. Learn to live with it, learn to love it. It will reward you in ways that you couldn’t imagine.

Or there’s the alternative. You could do nothing. But we both know that’s not what you want.

Set a goal, and if you fail, keep trying. If you succeed, set a bigger goal!

Catch up with you soon,

Calum

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