• Woody

Day 73

Updated: Jun 14, 2019


6:33 AM

Wake up✓ Shower✓ Coffee✓ Push-ups✓

I feel good (miserable when the alarm went off, to be completely honest, but I got over it).

Maybe I'm on to something, and the scores of successful people that talk about their early mornings and their routines are right, and I should've listened all along. Shoulda, coulda, woulda, didn't. I'm doing it now, so that's cool.

Speaking of successful people...

Success is a term that is broadly defined. Any definition, however, implies that something has been done well.

Failure is inevitable. My friend, Phil Boyte, calls it the First Attempt In Learning...if only we could learn the lesson the first time, every time.

I've touched on both of these topics before, and I'm sure I will again.

I recently read, on Twitter, a post from former Toronto Blue Jays star outfielder, Jesse Barfield, about an interaction during his days with the Braves with Hall of Fame Manager, Bobby Cox.

In the midst of an offensive slump, Cox told Barfield to quit watching video of his failures and watch video of his successes instead. Barfield followed the instruction. Through this visualization of his successful performances, he was able to get back to himself at the plate.

How often do we dwell on failure for so long that we can't seem to find our way out of it? More than any of us would like to admit. And it likely happens as much in life in sport or athletic performance.

Your mind, on repeat, continues to ask, "What am I doing wrong?"

Stop it. Change your thoughts. Replace the negative with something constructive. View the failure through the lens of "How can I get better?"

Your job is to reflect and move on. Sometimes, like Barfield discovered, the best way to bounce back from failure is to focus your energy on the things that you do to create success.

Overcoming failure is about learning from it, not dwelling in it.

Reflect on it.

Learn from it.

Go over it, under it, around it, through it.

Do whatever it takes to get yourself back on the right track.

Failure is temporary, unless you make the choice to build your house in its shadow. Keep moving forward. Focus on what you do well. Success is just ahead.

Journal entry✓

Watching a toddler learn to climb stairs...pretty good lesson on overcoming failure.



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