I couldn’t love this work any more. If you see me working, I hope you sense my freedom from fear; especially my freedom from our greatest fear – fear of failure.
This early am in the 3PP, six men inoculated themselves from this fear by, in fact, failing. Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, I put together a workout that can’t be done – at least not be me. I plan to fail on purpose. This mornings fail came during the first minute. We had one leg in the TRX suspension trainer and one leg hanging in the air, nothing anchoring it. Both hands were on the concrete floor in the pushup position. We attempted to perform Spider-Man pushups (YouTube if curious) and within 30 seconds of the 59 second set, I could not pull my unanchored foot forward. Fail. The ipad seconds timer app, like a good trainer, didn’t care one bit about my fail, it simply told me what to attempt next. So, we kept going. As I looked around the 3PP, I saw fails everywhere – no failures. Big diff. Everybody kept getting back up. Nobody quit. Good.
You see, friend, you cannot dream and do without facing your biggest fear – the fear of failure. Most of us avoid asking ourselves if we have what it takes, by simply doing what we’ve always done. We don’t test ourselves relationally, spiritually, technically, or physically, instead we play it safe and perform within the comfort zone. We do what we’ve always done. Somehow we feel anchored knowing we can pass today’s test – nevermind it’s still a test from 5th grade.
Dreamers, the kind who actually do stuff others say can’t be done, gotta get seriously inoculated from the fear of failure. The dreamer always has a leg up because she has a leg out. She’s gotten comfortable being unanchored. She understands the physics of growth. We mostly fail forward, friend. Don’t keep doing what you’ve always done. Dream and do. Practice doing what is beyond today’s reach but worth attempting to grasp. Go for it. Go for it because you love it. Someday soon, you’ll be playing freely, filled with more love than fear, working hard and enjoying it. Freed from fear. Really free. Good…