Success, to a lot of people, is linear in nature. You start at point A, the bottom, and then build off systematic and gradual victories until you reach point B, or success. It’s one straight line.
And in the most super condensed nutshell of an overview, it’s not wrong. This applies for lots of real life scenarios.
Weight loss: you started overweight and over the course of so many months, you lost X lbs to end up at your goal weight. Seems pretty linear, right?
Finance: you started broke, saved some money, and now you have a fat bank account. Linear? Seems so!
Relationships: you eyeballed a cutie from across the room, dropped a sweet pickup line, dated for a few years, and now you’re married. Linear success!!
The only problem is that these examples are never the case. Maybe if we lived in a fairy tale, but unfortunately life is far from that.
You’re bound to not lose weight one week… maybe even gain some. Sometimes life throws a curveball at you in the form of unexpected financial expenses. Your partner dumps you for 3 months because you have commitment issues, who knows.
Success is rarely linear. While it often looks like a straight shot from the bottom to the top, there are usually many bumps, dips, and valleys to overcome in order to reach success.
And you know what?
Whatever your goal is right now, you will in some way, shape, or fashion FAIL while trying to achieve it. Guaranteed.
But that’s OK.
To put it into perspective, here’s what failing looks like.
- Having your first manuscript rejected by 12 publishers
- Being cut from your high school basketball team
- Producing 1,000 failed inventions before getting it to work
Those are not linear progressions to success. Those are hard nose dives into the deep depths of failure.
But as long as you take something away from those failures, you’re only going to come out on top.
Oh, and I’m sure you’re all wondering who’s failures I just referenced…
- J.K. Rowling’s manuscript for the first Harry Potter book was rejected by publishers 12 times. Fast forward 20 years and she is now (and I confirmed this on Google) worth 3.4 bazillion dollars.
- Micheal Jordan, arguably the most iconic name in all of sports, didn’t make his high school team
- And Thomas Edison made 1,000 failed versions of this little invention…you may have heard of it… this thing called the light bulb, before he perfected it
So while you’re on your health and fitness quest to become a better you, just realize that your scale will not cooperate with you every week. Your strength levels may stall. Your diet might fall off the tracks. You may miss a workout (or two).
And thats OK.
Look at your failures as opportunities to learn and grow. If you do, success will surely follow.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison