Dealing with Failure

We all have different definitions of failure in our individual lives. Definitions vary, but the one certainty about failure is that at more than one point in our lives we will all fail. I guarantee you can think of multiple times in the past week where you felt that you didn't achieve what you wanted or came up short in some area of your life. Everyone has a blueprint of how their life is supposed to go and when it veers off course we typically take this as failure. I thought I was going to have a great college football career and overall experience, but this didn't happen. My original blueprint was completely wrong, but it set the stage for where I'm at in my life today.


I think how we deal with failure determines the ultimate outcome. We can fail and it's definitely okay to come up short, but I believe our response is the most important factor of experiencing failure. When we take failure as a learning experience it propels us to new heights of success.


This weekend I ran a trail 50k which is approximately 31 miles and this specific race had 7,000 ft of elevation. I made it 23 miles and climbed 6,000 ft before my day came to an abrupt ending. I was running with the lead pack and held third for 21 miles before my body broke down. Dropping from the race was a hard pill to swallow and looking back I wish I would’ve tried to keep going, but I couldn’t be happier for what it taught me.


When we fail we have a choice. The failing is inevitable at one point or another in our lives, but how you respond makes the difference when the next challenge comes your way. We can dwell on failure, but that causes us to stagnate and this can fall into other areas of our lives. When you fail, learn from it and move on to the next challenge. The past becomes fiction because you can’t change it, but one thing that you can change is the future. Don‘t be afraid to fail because then you won’t have the ability to learn from your mistakes!


So I will toe the start line again very soon and I‘ll make sure I don’t make the same mistakes again. I‘m not saying I will never drop from a race or fail again because I will, but I won’t let a lesson I learned in the past come back to bite me again!


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Tanner Kern is a 22 year content creator and endurance athlete from Connecticut. He is the host of The Tanner Kern Podcast and creator of "It's a Process: My Tips for Becoming the Best Version of Yourself."

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