Frozen by fear I silenced myself and questioned who am I to be sharing my thoughts. I totally failed in my mission to put out a weekly blog post. Today I say enough and start again! I wonder how many of us feel failure and get stuck because it seems too much time has passed or feeling we are not competent enough. I have chosen to fail forward today. My commitment is to share something I believe will bring value to others on a weekly basis – the goal being every Wednesday.
On the topic of fear, I faced it head on in leading my cycling class today. My Wednesday 9:15am group is full of successful, hardworking, fit, and kind people. The majority have been cycling for years and have strong opinions on what they like and don’t like. They all sit in the same spot and interact with a just a few people. I decided to shake them up today and put together a team drill that would force them to interact in a new way. This could go wrong in so many ways! I was prepared with a focused plan and even brought prizes. Prizes were for the winning team and the most encouraging members in class. By the end of the drill people pushed themselves harder than ever and the room was full of conversation. My measure of success was big sweat and bigger smiles!
The thing I noticed is by facing a few fears today I feel more confident and ready to try again. My hope in sharing this story is that you will think about a fear that is holding you back. It is time to lean into it and fail forward. Build your plan, put some prizes in place, and know how you will measure your success. If it works out great, if not you failed forward and learned something.
You just might be on the verge of something special. Fail forward friends!