Go Fail

December 27, 2011 - Tuesday

Workout of the Day
Five sets of:
Snatch + Overhead Squat x 3 reps
(perform one snatch followed by three overhead squats)
Rest 2 minutes;
and then,
Four rounds for time of:
115/75 lb. Hang Power Snatch x 10 reps
24″/18″ Box Jumps x 20 reps

Seth Godin in an interview, wrote:

So we’re all being held back by our fears. Fear of criticism. Fear of learning the truth about ourselves. Fear that we aren’t smart enough to trust our own instincts. Fear that we’re putting our faith and time into a project that isn’t going to pay off. What can readers of this interview do right now to get past that fear and move forward with that project they are stuck on?

It’s actually not complex:

Fail.

The single best way to overrule your fears is to call their bluff by making the fear come true.

Do something you know will fail.

And then fail again.

Once you fail at what the lizard brain is so petrified of, it will lose its power of you.

Go Fail

Readers, here’s my challenge to you. Go get out your list of failed attempts. If you don’t have one, make one, right now. You don’t need me to tell you what to put on it. It already popped into your head. That call you were going to make. That email you were going to send. That decision you’ve been putting off.

Look at it again. Try harder. Ask yourself, what would I do if I wasn’t afraid of failing? Then do whatever you need to do. Fail. Gloriously. Tell us what happened in the comments, after you’ve done it. We will wait.

Easy to say.  Harder to do.  Most people regret what they didn’t do, not what they did do.   Make sure your failures are failures you can survive.  Don’t bet the farm.  Read the whole interview; it’s instructive.

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