Stop looking for the reasons why you can’t and start looking at the reasons why you CAN.
NO MATTER WHAT.
It’s all about pushing yourself to a new level, not trying to prove yourself to anyone. We are just chasing progress, not perfection.
There is convincing evidence in the form of your qualities, hard work, and experiences that you can progress.
And progress is not pass-fail!
You don’t have time to categorize your experiences, efforts, days, and years as good or bad. By doing that you are just finding excuses to justify what you already know!
Things don’t always work out; life happens; we fall short. Our realities do not always meet our expectations. Who cares! It is part of the human experience. This is what we signed up!
The act of labeling every occurrence does not help you progress; instead, it forces you to stay stagnant and lose momentum. But so many people do it. Most athletes go into events and rides and score their performances on whether they met or exceeded their expectations. Did I measure up to my expectations? Did I measure up to the expectations of others?
From now on let’s reframe your experiences. Experiences, events, and the days that go as planned (those you’d call “good”) should be reframed as practice. You just practiced what you were already capable of doing. You are refining the process using the ability, skill, and direction that you already have. If everything went right, you were in the correct position, you nailed the nutrition, and you had the expertise for the job. It was a great day of practice. It is nice when it comes together. It’s your moment to enjoy.
In contrast, experiences, events, and days that do not live up to our expectations we should reframe as growth. Growth only occurs in moments where we fall short, we pivot and have to adapt. When things don't go as planned, there's no reason to get down. You just found the barrier to your next breakthrough.
Let’s work together to progress in life and stop worrying about how that matches up to other people’s expectations or even our own.
NO MATTER WHAT.