Today I decided to go out for an early bike ride. On the East coast of the US we are in the middle of an oppressive heat wave. I decided that it would be best not to go for a long ride as the air was stifling. I actually felt pretty good, but about 30 minutes into the ride, I turned around rather than complete my ride. Immediately my competitive self jumped in with a judgement about what it meant not to push through to completion. It was interesting watching the two sides of my psyche doing battle – the side of reason and the side of caution. This is what I learned.
It’s ok to turn back, to not complete something. It doesn’t mean failure. It’s merely a choice. Today, I chose to feel good the rest of the day instead of potentially nursing a case of mild heat exhaustion. I can see myself reflected in my clients who judge themselves when they fail in their own estimation to reach a goal. I encourage them to take a step back from the situation and see it for the truth and it’s learning, rather than accepting the habitual refrain of being a failure. Real failure is not what happens on any given day, it’s when we stop trying.
Tomorrow is another day. I looked ahead at the weather and it looks like it will be cooler. I plan to go out again. Maybe I’ll go the distance this time!