Failing Forward: An Appreciation for the Growth Mindset

I have a deep appreciation for those who fail in life. Everything I have read about growth has a point about how failure is a necessity in life to achieving personal goals. As I spend a lot of my free time in the gym or on the pitch coaching and training with new and experienced athletes, I think a lot about the failing component of training. A newer athlete failed on a lift the other day and bailed from the bar in a safe and supervised manner. Nobody hurt. A comment was made that “…you need to learn how to bail (fail)”. I didn’t say anything, but I have thought a lot about this statement the last few days, weeks and years. My purpose here is to connect the relationship between failure, pain and the resulting success in any area of life where a goal is established.

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