Why Do We Fall?

Have you ever seen Batman Begins?

I have.  Multiple times.  Why? Because the Christopher Nolan trilogy is freakin badass.  
Anyway, as I was watching Batman Begins, I noticed a theme and there is an amazing quote in the movie that I think we all need to remember from time to time, because often we look at failure as an end, as being defeated.  As, well, failure.  
It’s mentioned twice, once by Bruce Wayne’s father & a second time by Alfred.

“Why do we fall?”
“So we can learn to pick ourselves up”
How many times have you failed at something, before you finally got it?  Every time we fail, we find an opportunity to learn something, not only about the task we are trying to accomplish, but more importantly, about ourselves.  We learn how far we can be pushed, how much we can take, how strong we really are.  
I’m not talking about “hey i can lift 500lbs.”  I’m talking true strength, that inner drive to not give up at the first sign of struggle, that inner voice that tells you to get up off the ground when you’ve been knocked down.

Watch a baby learn to walk.  What happens?  They get up, take a step and boom they’re down.  They get up again, get two steps, and down they go.  They adapt, they learn, they find a way to get it done.  And eventually they’re walking!

The biggest struggle I’ve been seeing is doing a push-up.  Maybe its a matter of strength, maybe its a matter of technique, maybe its a matter of learning the motor plan.  But you’re not going to give up on it.  You’re going to keep at it!  You are going to keep doing those negative push-ups, keep doing those pop-ups.  Why?  Because each time you do them, you learn, each time you collapse, you have an opportunity to pick yourself up, literally, from the ground.

Don’t get frustrated at the day to day.  Use every failure as a learning experience meant to make you better.

One of my favorite things to do on my way to work is listen to Eric Thomas, and if you haven’t heard of him go on YouTube right now!!
One of my favorite quotes, and it fits today’s theme, is

“A setback is a setup for a comeback.”
So remember that next time you’re in a struggle.

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