An Invitation to Fail

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My son started playing soccer when he was 6 (he just turned 9 last week).

The first few seasons were frustrating for me as a parent because he was on a team that literally won EVERY game.

While my son thought that was awesome, it was clear that the teams were VERY mismatched in terms of the player’s abilities.

My son was not challenged, and so of course, he did not improve as a player for two years.

Worse yet, he thought the winning streak was an indication that he didn’t need to improve his skills. (insert loud sigh here)

This year, I am happy to report, the teams were better matched in ability and my son’s team lost their first game (which had me secretly celebrating on the inside).

My son was challenged, he failed a lot AND he became a much better player for it.

Skill, strength & resilience reside on the other side of failure (IF you are willing to get up and keep playing the game after a defeat).

So let me ask you…

Do you want to experience a new level of success in some arena of your life?

Do you want to develop a new skill?

Do you want to strengthen a relationship in your life (be it with another person, food, exercise, money or even yourself)?

I am going to assume you answered yes to at least one of those questions since you are reading this and that is awesome.

You know what that means?

It means you are a human who is committed to expanding into a better human (and the world needs more of that).

Personally, I like to think that expanding into the best human you can be is the point of the human experience.

Here’s the thing though…

The price of admission to becoming the best version of yourself is steep.

Most humans don’t want to pay the price.

What is the price?

A willingness to fail… a lot.

If you never fail along the path to improving yourself it means you aren’t challenged and if you aren’t challenged, you won’t improve.

Failure is “resistance training” for the soul.

The more you are willing to fail, the more likely you are to succeed. #truestory

If you are succeeding all the time, please don’t kid yourself that you are developing new skills because you aren’t. Succeeding all the time is more likely to indicate that you are under-challenged and, therefore, probably NOT developing new skills.

I hope you fail at something this week and when you do, I hope you stand right back up and try again because THAT is how you become a stronger, more resilient and more skilled human being.

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