thats the million dollar question (almost literally) isn’t it? People attempt many things with the hopes of coming out on top, and when met with the failures over and over most tuck their tail and settle for less than they’re capable of. I’ll tell you now that the only key that I’ve found for success in anything is diligent preparation for the goal and planning your strategy ahead of time. It’s just like preparing your food to ensure you won’t slip up on your fitness goals, and if this has been a challenge for you then I encourage you to check out Quick Paleo Meal Prep, this book offers a guide to laying out a foundation of diet for your goals and gives examples of moving forward. And like preparing food for proper diet, preparing yourself for success is the only way to plan for achieving the goal.
This is the only suggestion I have for anyone who is looking to do anything great. When you think about the great victories of war or athletes who’ve dominated the global arena, the one thing they have in common is preparation. Michael Phelps didn’t just hop in the pool a year or two before the Olympics and had the thought “eh, I’m built for this and it’s fun so let’s go for it and see!” NO, if you read his book No Limits, he goes over the amount of preparation it took to do what he did. From his diet to his sleep cycles he had a plan for every aspect of his life to get the goal. Not having a plan of action is sometimes worse than having a plan to fail. If you don’t take the time to sit down and put into words what it’s going to take to reach your goals, whether it’s business, fitness, spiritual or whatever. If you can’t take the time, or just don’t think it’s important, to put a plan together to acheive your goal then you shouldn’t expect the victory. Preparation is one of the top keys to success in my opinion, without it you’re flying by the seat of your pants competing with people who are dedicated to a goal. And the person with dedication and faith in their plan will apply more effort with more intensity than the one who decides on a whim that something “would be a good idea”. Preparation in your diet will produce constant and predictable results, which is why the top bodybuilder and other athletes use this process with intense dedication. Preparation in business is also a recipe for success. The one who’s laid out the plan with all variables in mind and willing to apply the practices, with intensity, to build something is like a train on the tracks. There’s only one direction for that person, they’re not going to deviate from the plan and they have prepared for the things they could predict so they move with haste and confidence. Preparation is a powerful tool and I encourage you to put it to use in your life in some way shape or form. If you’re a bodybuilder who already preps their food then prep yourself mentally for the workout. If your in business and have prepared a plan of action then prepare yourself for contingencies if something you hadn’t thought of before happens.
Discover a goal for yourself if you don’t already have one you’re pursuing. Sit down and put into words what you’re going to do to acheive it and the price you’re willing to pay. Preparation for the worst ensures the best outcome.
RESOURCES Napolean Hill, Tony Robbins, Barbell Buddha
heaven forbid you are a person who is gifted at whatever you take on, because that is your downfall. Being a failure is the fastest way to become a winner. I’ve failed in the kitchen like I’ve failed in the gym so many times, but I’ve become a winner through those failures. And I’ve used those failures with Quick Paleo Meal Prep, to bring the victories together to help you avoid my failures, and most of all wasted burnt food ;). And in all seriousness, if you want anything in life you need to be WILLING to fail.
BE WILLING TO FAIL
This attitude will set you apart from the real losers in life. Because while they’re busy being losers and trying to win at what they know they’re good at, you’ve stepped up to the plate of something you weren’t sure about and are coming at it from a place of gaining wisdom instead of a trophy. And if the person who thought they would win loses then most of the time they leave frustrated and angry, whereas if you approach the task WILLING to fail then you’ve opened yourself up to insights beyond comprehension. Being willing to fail doesn’t mean you don’t give it your best, but it means you accept where you are as a person who doesn’t know everything about this one thing and you’re wanting to learn from this experience, and that is what will happen with that attitude. You are not a failure but a student when you approach things with a willingness to lose, because the next time you play you’re applying what you learned and getting better with every game!
FAILURE AS A TEACHER
Life is an excellent teacher in all areas, and will school you every day if you’re open to it. Life will send you failures daily, it’s what you do with those failures that determines your future. You can collect all your failures in your mind and set them up as your antagonists or your enemies of victory, or you can praise them and thank them for what they thought you. Whether you failed at completing a lift in a competition or ran your first startup into the ground, you now have an invaluable resource to draw knowledge from and will be able to play the game like a veteran next time. Our failures are the wisest source to draw knowledge from, if we trust in what we know about the future we will fail, if we learn from our past we will overcome.
LOVE FAILURE, BUT DON’T LIVE FOR IT
The takeaway from this is to love the opportunities you’ve been given to fail and learn, but this doesn’t mean that you should seek failure. A masichistic lifestyle like that would not result in much of anything. Give everything your best and always play to win! Never approach a challenge with and attitude of defeat before you try, apply what you do know about the situation, learn as you go and if you do happen to fail then your instinct should be to do it again and correct the failure to gain the victory!
Dig up some failures in your life and analyz what happened and why you failed. Don’t get down on yourself, but pick yourself up knowing that once you receive the gem from this failure, victory is now much closer!
RESOURCES: Stefan Pylarinos, Barbell Business, Tony Robbins, Tim Ferris