Keep the Cameras Rolling

No one likes to fail. I certainly don’t, even though I know how many valuable life lessons I’ve learned from trying and failing. I know that good things can come from failures.

I know this.

For some reason, I’ve been feeling off-kilter lately–wobbly–and I haven’t been able to figure out what’s going on. I don’t feel like I’ve failed at something…more like I just haven’t succeeded and am stalling on shifting gears.

Over the weekend, I stumbled across a bookmark to an article on failure by the brilliant Henri Junttila at Wake Up Cloud, and one section really resonated with me:

filmstrip with quote

Worth repeating: “You may imagine yourself failing and the movie in your head stops there. If you let the movie play, you will realize that that failure may be exactly what you needed.”

As so often happens, something went zing! when I read this. My movie hasn’t stopped, but my inner lizard is hitting the pause button repeatedly. And there’s no progress or growth in that. In fact, if it goes on too long, it can burn a hole in the film.

Since standing still scares me more than the idea of failure, it’s time for some vision-sharpening, I think. If you’ll pardon me, I’ve got a meeting with a certain reptile:

person walking into mouth of reptile

Only I’m wearing cute yoga capris and my hair is a nice shade of Brazilian Bronze with honey caramel highlights. And I’m smiling.

What about you? Does your mental movie stop or pause when confronted with the possibility of failure? How do you move beyond that?



10 thoughts on “Keep the Cameras Rolling

  1. It would take way too long to explain the way of this comment, but just know how badly I needed to hear this. I’m not feeling wobbly, just under the weight of many unrealistic expectations many of which are responsibilities/tasks the people involved should be doing for themselves. But it’s easy to feel as if I’ve failed if I don’t meet them all even if they were unrealistic to start with. So yes, that movie’s “pause” button has been hit for the last time. Thanks!

  2. I am finally just starting to feel a bit less wobbly now Work has calmed enough that I can get refocused without that stress (or less of it at any rate).

    • I’m so glad things are feeling better for you, Lori! My nutrition is much better, but the sleep part is still icky. More work to be done.

  3. Yes, I also know that I”ve learned a lot more from my failures, but I don’t want to go there again! And I think that’s why I so often am on pause. Because I don’t want to fail again. Thanks for provoking thought!

  4. I’m glad to know that I handle failures (actual and perceived) a lot better than I used to. This summer has basically been a practice in maintenance and that’s not the goal. We’ve added some new elements that seem to be promising and oddly enough it doesn’t have some crazy hard moves going mach 5 with our hair on fire! Who knew?

    • Your definitely setting a great example of the Art and Practice of Patience and Persistence this year! And YES, working out effectively doesn’t have to be painful and fiery!

    • Oh, I have the wonky-wobbles almost daily, but I’m usually able to get a grip and move on pretty quickly. It’s the ‘moving’ part that’s proving to be tricky these days.

  5. I feel like I’m in a holding pattern, too. My job has distracted me from my goals. Not that I’m eating horribly, because I’m not. But I’m not giving my food choices the thought and planning that I have in the past. I’d like to keep moving closer to my goal weight rather than spending more time in the same place.

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