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I failed the Open.  It is not as bad as you think.  The CrossFit Pasadena Open is upon us and almost over for 2016. The trend seems to be a multitude of retrospective lens. While there is an overwhelming amount of posts via fb/instagram that resonate a sense of accomplishment and pride in their performance, there’s an equally and possibly greater amount of those who have felt like a “failure”, at best mediocre compared to what they expected.

Failure is good

Abandoning any caution to the wind, I am being transparent in admitting that I for one am excited to see the latter type of post.   If we failed that can be the opportunity to improve, to set a new goal and attack it, to become more intentional in what it is we want.  Even when we say we seek not to compare ourselves to another and that the only competition we seek is against our former self of yesterday, how many of you reading this can honestly say this is 100% true?  It’s human nature to compare, it’s not always a bad thing.  If someone or some persons challenge you in the box and act as a mirror to where you want to be or feel you ought to be…enough to inspire you.  What started off as comparison has quickly turned into inspiration, that’s how inspiration begins.  

Why am I talking about comparisons?

Because that’s how we identify our failures, when others have done something (i.e. Bar muscle ups, chest to bars, jumping chest to bars, etc) and we have not accomplished it, we feel like we have failed, we have visualized ourselves doing it and come up short.  

So what is your point?

My point in all of this is this,  the open is a trigger and reveals to us some of our darkest moments as well as the highest of highs.  When we are stricken with defeat, fallen and come up short in our perception, you are allowed to have that moment, you will most definitely continue to have more of those moments…how will you respond?  Do not torture yourself because it matters, because you cried , because you couldn’t get over it, rather embrace it and know that means a lot to you because you chose to try and tried relentlessly.   With caution I leave you with an appropriate quote :

“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” – Denis Waitley