Struggling Does Not Equal Failing

Struggling Does Not Equal FailingIf you go by the old mantra that anything worth having never comes easy then you have to accept that along the way there will be some struggling involved in your efforts. Struggling is not as bad of a thing as we may think as struggling does not equal failing.

Struggling Does Not Equal Failing

The truth is that every great success requires some kind of struggle to get there. Things can and will get challenging, and the skies may even darken for a bit but it doesn’t mean that you will not succeed.

I always say that the moments when you struggle the most, where you are exerting the most effort and doing your hardest to do anything is when you are truly at your strongest. However, many of us think the opposite – and since the struggle is hard, we may feel weak or believe we are failing which is not exactly accurate.

The best example that I can give is trying to bench press a large amount of weight. Anyone can bench press lighter weights all day… no work, no struggle, no sweat. But to set a personal best and to put the bar back on the rack when it is loaded down with more weight than you have ever bench pressed before… yeah, that’s going to be hard, and yes, you are going to struggle, but it doesn’t mean you won’t make the lift, does it?

This truth is universal, and that is if you want to excel at something or if you want to be the top in anything there is going to be some struggle involved. There may even be a lot of struggle involved actually, as there are always struggles before a triumph or a success.

Don’t fall for the trap of thinking that success comes easily because it doesn’t. When you see someone doing something amazing, do not write it off as if they are naturally gifted or talented and that is why they are so good. Take a moment to consider the years of hard work they dedicated to get to where they are. Imagine the struggles that they went through to get where they are… it might astound you.

I say welcome and embrace your struggles as much as you can. Because when you look back, it is possible to see how much you might have been enjoying it, having fun in process, or maybe you just really felt alive.

Just don’t forget about the challenges and hard work that always come first. Struggling does not equal failing and just because you are struggling, it doesn’t mean that you ARE failing… it just means that you are working…

“Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.” – Oprah Winfrey

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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Photo By Andy Wooten 31 August 2016

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