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?