Fail your way to success

“I live my life a quarter mile at a time, nothing else matters.
Not the mortgage, not the store, not the team and all their bullshit.
For those ten seconds or less… I’m free.”

That’s my favourite quote from the character Dom Torreto (Vin Diesel) in the film:

“Fast and the Furious”

You’re probably wondering right now what any of this has to do with Qigong, let me explain.

About a month ago, on the outskirts of Dartmoor. Me, Ollie and my nephew George came up with a daring challenge.

And what was the challenge?

To meet up during the 6 week school holidays and watch all 6 of the ‘Fast and Furious’ films.

In one day.

That day was Monday.

I even got up especially early to get all my work done, so I could have the rest of the day off.

How’d we do?

Terrible.

We only managed 3.5.

It didn’t help that George, been a teenager, didn’t get up until 12pm.

Or that Ollie been 10 is too young to be able to sit through 6 films.

Fail.

Recently I was accountability partner for me good mate and ‘Survive an Affair’ expert: Michael Fulmer. He was having difficulty following through on an important work related project and asked for my help.

He agreed to give 50 quid to his wife, with the instructions that if he didn’t complete the project by 1st August she was to spend it on anything she liked.

I was on him like a rash.

Result?

Fail.

And you know what?

It was a hell of a learning experience.

Afterwards I asked Michael 2 questions:

1) What can you learn from your failure?

Here’s the gist of his reply:

  • I realise I made the wrong choice. I focused on X instead of focusing on Y.
  • Fail for the right reason and it’s not really a failure.
  • Succeed because you’ve some notion of how not doing what you said you were going to do is bad, is just warped thinking. It’s hard to balance quitting too soon Vs committing.

2) What are you going to do next based on this learning?

Here’s his reply:

I’ll focus on X again when I’m ready. When it becomes a priority again, then it will get done in not much time.

There’s a lot of meat on them there bones if you read closely.

Bottom line?

Failing ain’t as bad as it’s cracked up to be.

If you can chill out around your failures you can learn a lot from them.

I’ve been an AP – Accountability Partner – to a lot of friends, family and clients and do you want to know the most common theme I’ve noticed about why people fail?

You do?

Okay, here it is…

Most people fail because they weren’t
really committed to succeeding in the first place.

Before committing to any aim or objective, you’d do well to check out how enthusiastic you are before starting.

Cos if you’re lukewarm about about it…

Well you know what happens to lukewarm right?

It gets spat out.

Wrapping up:

Cast your eye back to the quote at the top of this Qigong Daily. After hearing it I made up my own:

“I live my life a quarter hour at a time, nothing else matters.
Not the mortgage, not the business, not my haters and all their bullshit.
For those 15 minutes… I’m free!”

Hey, if you’d like to practice Qigong the way me and the rest of the Qigong15 tribe do…

Put your seat belt on…

Rev your engine into the red line…

Wait for the lights to change…

And race on over to:

http://EnjoyQigong.com

I’ll see you at the finish line Grasshopper!

Marcus

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