“I didn’t fail 1000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1000 steps.”
It’s well known that it took Thomas Edison over 1,000 tries before he successfully invented the light bulb. For as many times as people have attempted to label those failures, he viewed it as part of the process.
In our gym, this is very similar to novice lifters learning Olympic Lifting. Their most common fear when learning these exercises is that they don’t want to fall during an attempt. They view it as a failure. To them falling equals bad.
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
One of the most significant challenges in Oly Lifting is to get the bar to move as fast as physically possible without dropping the bar. With that, there WILL come misses. I remind them that not only is it acceptable it’s highly encouraged. I explain to newer lifters, “if you aren’t missing a few reps per session you aren’t going heavy or fast enough.” That’s just part of the process.
This mentally is a win-win for the athlete. We either win (succeed at the lift) or win (learn something new that we can focus for the next repetition). We want to train a mentality where there’s no such thing as failure, you either win or learn.
If we can take that approach to our daily life, we would realize there is no such thing as mistakes just problems to be solved. The endeavor would become an exciting one, instead of one full of fear.
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