Yes, Even Failure Can Be Fun

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Happiness ProjectMarch winds, April showers! March sure has flown by with all those winds and storms here in Texas. It’s the last Monday of the month which means the last task for Aim Higher in the Even Happier Quest. This one is easy for me. I’m wondering if it’s going to be easy for you. The task is Enjoy the Fun of Failure.

Failure is something that the old me used to fear. What will people think? What if I can’t do it? Failure is always something that you aim for in lifting weights. It’s like the golden trophy. You decide on your number of reps, and choose a weight that makes you fail right at that number or a rep or two before. If you fail, you’ve done it right.

With failure, comes change. In this case muscle change, but I’ve seen motivational sayings to this effect too. If you aren’t making mistakes, you aren’t living life fully. I’m trying to embrace this thought by trying anything I can that is new. Running 5k races with The Kid, taking a pottery class, roping and herding longhorn cattle.

Am I doing it the way an expert would in those situations? Probably not. Am I having fun while I’m doing it? Heck YEAH! I’m still aiming higher to move up to Figure class in September 2012 even though I haven’t talked about it recently. I may or may not make it, but I’m going to try as hard as I can and not let the fear of failure stop me.

I’ve been working out on my own for the last month. No Trainer Man by my side. I’ve adjusted some things that I was doing with regards to eating, working out and cardio. I’m trying to approach it in a little more relaxed manner and not let my mind be my biggest obstacle. Yep, I’m going to enjoy the fun of failure instead of obsessing over it.

What I’ve come to realize these past few weeks is that I’m having a great time and it will be nice to compete again, but it’s not about the trophy. It’s about the journey and the sense of accomplishment along the way of getting there. If I make the date, great! If not, I’m going to have fun failing in the gym every day, trying new things, and setting new personal records while I aim higher.

I’m dying to get back to yoga, spinning, and swimming! Have you been working on the March tasks to Aim Higher? Which one was your favorite this month?

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