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Fabulously Failing Forward: Embracing the Growth in Facing Life's Challenges





Welcome to another Mindset Monday! I was so excited to read today’s Daily Motivator. Today, we're talking about the courage to fail and the strength to rise - a concept I will call 'Fabulously Failing Forward'.


We all have faced failure in some form - a goal we missed, a workout we couldn't complete, or a nutrition plan we couldn't adhere to. It's a universal experience, binding us all in its commonality. Yet, it's often met with disappointment and negativity. We have been conditioned to see failure as a villain when it's truly a wise and insightful teacher. It's time we reframe our perspective, dust off the negativity and view failure as a stepping stone to success.


Perfection, a concept that's ingrained in our minds, is an elusive dream. Perfection is often showcased as the golden standard for success, causing us to chase after it tirelessly. But let's pause for a moment and think. Is perfection truly achievable? Or is it a fantasy that keeps us shackled in fear of making mistakes?


Perfection is an illusion. It's not the epitome of success but a construct that often hinders our growth trajectory. We are human and inherent to our human nature is the ability to err and learn from our mistakes. Every failed attempt and misstep, is a lesson learned, a chance to do better, to be better. So, let's trade the pursuit of perfection for the pursuit of progress. It’s not about getting it right every time; it's about embracing the beauty of learning and growing. It’s about a 1% improvement every day. If you have not read Dr. Brené Brown’s book “The Gifts of Imperfection” I would highly encourage you to do so. My copy is dog-eared and well-loved since I feel the need to read it at least once a year.


To fail forward, we must step out of our comfort zones. These safe spaces, though comfortable and reassuring, rarely offer growth opportunities. Staying within our comfort zone may keep us from facing failure, but it also inhibits us from unlocking our full potential.


Venturing into the unknown, challenging ourselves, and pushing our boundaries may seem daunting, but it's in these moments that we find personal and professional growth. The discomfort you feel when you push yourself is not a sign of failure but an indication of growth in progress.


Failing forward is about embracing failures as part of our journey, understanding that there is no such thing as perfection, and realizing that true growth lies beyond our comfort zones. It's about turning every setback into a setup for a comeback, every negative into a positive and every stumble into a leap of growth.


In our pursuit of health, fitness, and well-being, we will stumble and we will fall. But remember, it's not about the fall; it's about the way we rise after it.


So, let's be proud of our failures. Let's celebrate, learn from and use them to fuel our journey forward. Let's fail, and let's fail forward. Let's embrace our human nature, recognize our courage to try, and celebrate our power to rise. That's the fabulous part of failing forward. You have a community of supporters here to extend a hand and help you rise. Leverage your community, your tribe to create that safe space where you can try hard things and fail forward.


Always remember, perfection is not the goal; progress is. It’s not about never failing; it’s about never giving up. Keep striving, keep pushing, and keep fabulously failing forward because every failure is just another stepping stone towards success.


Be well,

Daphne



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