Friday, March 22, 2013


So many of us live our lives day-in and day-out stuck within the boundaries of our own perceived limitations. Yet as children, we were once not so jaded. We were unafraid to dream big dreams. That's the beauty of childhood, right? Kids have clean slates, unwritten stories, and no overdeveloped patterns of negative thinking. Us grown-ups are cesspools of doubt and self-doubt. The ruts of life's trials, failures and losses leave scars on our psyche. Those scars always seem to consciously and subconsciously remind us of our defeats, which oftentimes leads to us just throwing in the towel and giving up. Giving up, I might add, is for turds. Don't be a turd; be a champion by recognizing this simple fact: Failure is the most important ingredient to success.

I have a saying that I throw at my athletes whenever they miss a lift or fall awkwardly during an attempt of a movement. I'll smile and tell them casually, "If you're not failing, you're not trying." It's a simple thought, really. But the reality of it is profound. When we truly try, when we give an honest effort to achieve ANYTHING great in life, we will be met at some point with "THE STRUGGLE". It doesn't matter what it is - be it relationships, careers, sports, etc., the struggle will be there. It's difficult to persevere through the "No's", to smile through the tough times, to apologize and acknowledge when we're in the wrong. Winners persevere. Winners keep smiling. Winners acknowledge and embrace their weaknesses, even rejoice in them, in an effort to beat them into submission.
Patterns of failure are hard to break. Kind of reminds me of a brilliant song by U2. Bono said it best...sometimes we get "Stuck In A Moment" that we can't seem to get out of. The best way to not get stuck is to KEEP MOVING. Each day brings you the opportunity to begin anew, to rewire your head and your heart so to speak. Make the most of that opportunity:)

"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."
~ Romans 12:2

~ Cochise

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