Finding Peace in Failure


A) Back Squat 5-5-5
3x max effort sets Handstand Pushup
-Working at ~80% of 1RM
-Alternate between BS and HSPU

B) 4 rounds, for reps
In 3 min, complete
500m row
Max Russian Kettlebell Swings (32/24)
-3 min rest between rounds


A) Deadlift 5-5-5
-working at 80-85% of 1RM DL

B) 5 rounds for time of:
1 Clean and Jerk (225/165)
6 Handstand Push-ups (scaled to 6 strict Pull ups)
1 Clean and Jerk
4 Muscle ups (scaled to 6 strict Dips)
1 Clean and Jerk
200m Run
-20 minute capHow do you gage your progress? Do you look at things through a black and white lens of success or fail and then make a judgement about it whether it means it’s good or bad? I’m glad that I don’t process things this way anymore, because if I did, it would probably mean that I wouldn’t ever get out of bed!

You see, I’m an expert at finding the ways that I’ve failed… in my mind’s eye, failures litter my life. I’m also very quick to judge my failures as good or bad. What? But I just said that I didn’t do that in the sentence above. I guess what I should have said is that over the past 18 months, in my graduate work at the University of Santa Monica, I’ve learned a technique/practice of forgiving myself for judging myself for these judgements. Huh? Yes, it’s a mind-twister. Forgiving myself for judging myself. What I’ve found is that it’s pretty much impossible to shut off the judgement mechanism. So if I’m going to judge myself, and I’m stuck with the emotional baggage that creates (I’m bad, wrong, stupid, a moron, etc), then forgiving myself for making those judgements does a heck of a lot of good. In fact, it’s one of the things that allows me to move forward, at peace, positively, in the face of pain, adversity, and things that I’ve deemed ‘a failure’.

Try it on… let me know what you think. Crazy? Maybe. But for me, it works!


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