Facing any challenge, athletic or otherwise, it’s important to see the bigger picture. Otherwise, you miss the silver lining and there is ALWAYS a silver lining. The longer I’m an athlete (or at least play one in real life), the more I realize how much adventure people miss as a result of fear. It would be tragic to miss the joy of competition and training just because I get outpointed in the fight, tapped out on the mat, or passed in the race. Fear of failure is not an acceptable reason to not try.
Worst case scenario, I lose – but I become a better competitor. For there are always lessons to learn from failure, which really negates it being a “failure” at all.
Best case scenario, I reach a great goal which sets the stage for even higher achievement. As Theodore Roosevelt said, “Shall your place never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
My friend, hero, and founder of our karate association Denny Holzbauer says, “Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb, because that’s where the fruit is.” With that in mind, bring on the next exhausting challenge because the possibilities are win, or…well, win. There is ALWAYS a silver lining.
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