It’s amazing how many people defeat themselves and sabotage their own success. They get in their own way with their fears, their doubts, and their self-condemning nature. When I was 18, I made my first film, my first commercial, and signed my first record deal. Six moths later, I was dropped by Sony, the commercial had run its course, and I was totally cut out of the film. I spiraled into a horrible depression.
A person’s self-concept is incredibly important. As individuals, we all want to feel lovable and capable. If you don’t feel good about yourself, you tend not to perform well. Those with a negative self-image find ways to self-destruct. If you don’t see yourself as successful, then your chances of succeeding are diminished. If I could go back to 18, with the confidence and knowledge I have now, I would make some different choices. I wouldn’t let failure keep me down. Instead of giving up, I would keep trying.
When I decided to open 1960 CrossFit, I was petrified. What if I failed again? All the doubt, fear, and self-condemnation from 18 came flooding back. I am so glad I didn’t listen to the negative self-talk. I now have an amazing gym and a new family. I feel incredibly blessed!
Question: Which is worse, failing or never trying?