Failure Doesn't Exist

You know what it feels like to suck at a workout.

Those pull-ups just won’t come together.
You keep pulling early on the clean.
Your balance, which was great last time you did handstands,
is now nowhere to be found.

And you leave the gym feeling frustrated,
beating yourself up for not being better.

On the PR board in the gym this week,
it says “There is no failure, only feedback.”


That’s from Mark Sisson’s book The Primal Blueprint.

He says it when he’s talking about hunter gatherers.
And here’s what he means…

If you’re walking through the woods
and a bear attacks you,
and you hit it in the nose with your walking stick to fend it off,
and it promptly bites your hand off,
then your idea of using a stick did not work.

So what are you going to do about it?
Are you going to mope and sulk and kick the ground?
Or are you going to say, “Well shit, that didn’t work,”
And try something else?

If you don’t want to get eaten,
you’re going to try something else, and quick.

Nine times out of ten, assigning a moral judgment
to the outcome of a situation is a waste of time and energy,
and does nothing but cause needless pain.

Falling over on your handstand doesn’t mean you’re a bad person…
it just means it doesn’t work if you kick your feet over that far.

Don’t get hung up on failures.
Learn from them.
Take the feedback life gives you and use it to be better.