Failure IS an option?
It has been a quiet week on Synergy Athletics because I failed…
…and that’s a good thing.
There is that old saying “failure is not an option” and I’m not sure if I buy it anymore. For me it is more like “accepting failure is not an option.”
We all fail. In the gym, with deadlines, etc. It’s going to happen, that’s life. What happens next is the important part. Shrug it off and change your goals because you accept failure??? I don’t think so!
I had a young man squatting 405 and had a goal of 455 during our 3 months of winter training. Half way through he attempted 415 and missed it – mostly because his head wasn’t screwed on right.
He approached me after the session and asked if he could change his winter goal to 415.
That would be accepting failure and that is just not going to happen in our gym. It is just a speed bump…walk it off, change the strategy, and crush the goal.
He was looking for a way out and failing on that lift was it…or so he thought. It was time to have a big talk with him about setting his goal in stone and only accepting success.
I’ve a different speed bump – that’s why there hasn’t been any new free articles up this week. We are working on our new training program….for secrecy’s sake let’s call it X.
It has been almost 2 1/2 years since Bull Strength was released. People are still purchasing it and using it with success to this day – BUT it is time for something new. I get that.
We started researching X almost a year ago and it is truly unlike any other training program. It will blow people’s minds, I gurantee you that!
We are 6 weeks in to the 12 week program and a few people started missing their numbers on the big lifts. So do I accept failure and do 1 of two things? Release the program anyways and go for a quick buck like a lot of internet trainers, or scrap it? After all, our major lifts are up BIG TIME in 6 weeks.
Those options are not acceptable. I have to tweak the program and start back at week 1 and test again, and again, and again until it works every time with various athletes. Even though it will delay finishing it at least 3 months I’m perfectly okay with that as long as the last outcome is a complete success.
Don’t worry, I won’t delay it as much as Axl Rose’s Chinese Democracy (that was like a decade!) That popped in my mind after watching Fergie murder classic G N R during the Super Bowl….
I’d love to hear about a time you or someone you know has overcome adversity to be successful. Don’t be shy! It will serve as motivation to everyone!!!!!!!!!!!
Please post it up in the comments.
Joe Hashey, CSCS
PS. Thanks for understanding the delayed articles this week!
PPS. This definitely isn’t a marketing trick about X – you probably won’t hear another thing about it for 3-6 months!!