What If I Fail

I was reading email and got this today.

What if you fail?????

The answer to the what if question is, you will.

A better question might be, “after I fail, what then?”

Well, if you’ve chosen well, after you fail you will be one step closer to succeeding, you will be wiser and stronger and you almost certainly be more respected by all of those that are afraid to try.

By Seth Godin

We all worry so much about failing. I used to until I met my husband who taught me failing is the way people become successful. Think about it, Walt Disney failed six times before anyone gave a toot about Disney World.

My clients who are most afraid of failing usually don’t lose weight. They are so scared to take chances. What if they can’t keep up in a Zumba class? What if they eat a new recipe and don’t like it? What if they tell a friend they don’t want to go out for lunch? What if, what if, what if.

Don’t get hung up in that crap. Do you know what your NUMBER ONE GOAL SHOULD BE? FAIL FAST AND FAIL OFTEN. The faster you fail at your calorie range, your training plan, whatever, the faster you can move to the next ENHANCED and TWEAKED version. Then fail some more. Fail at that recipe so next time you can cook it longer. Fail at that class so you will know a few more moves next time. Fail at push ups on your toes so you know to ask your trainer what CAN I do until I can.

Fail, fail, and fail some more. That’s what I did. I was a failure so many times the last eight years that I have a blog  about weight loss 1000’s of people read every day. Y’all don’t read my crap because I’m so awesome. You read me because I’ve been a good failure.

  • Emily Young says:

    I needed to hear this. Fear of failing and a fear of putting myself out there hold me back a lot. I need to work on that.

  • Michelle Schott says:

    So true! One of my favorite quotes:
    “Our greatest glory is not never failing, but in rising up every time we fail!”
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Kathleen Horacek says:

    I’m going to say, that “failing” isn’t my favorite word here but I get it. We need to be trying and doing and if one thing doesn’t work its an opportunity to learn and change it. I’m sure I think that’s failure but it certainly is feed back on what works and what doesn’t.

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