Remember That Failure Is Not an Option

Remember That Failure Is Not an Option by Melinda Van Fleet #TheWellnessUniverse #WUVIP #WUWorldChanger #Failure

I recently released (aka lost) 41 lbs. I dare say that this was something I thought I would never be able to do.

As far as most would judge me, I was not overweight. I hid it well with 3/4 sleeve tops, skirts, and woven clothing. I never wore sleeveless tops, or goodness… yoga pants! But there came the point with COVID-19 that my clothes were getting tight, and I was getting nervous. So, I did it! I made the decision to lose weight, and I stuck to it.

Now what?

Last week I started to get questions like, “Are you going to stop the plan you are doing? I.e., go back to eating normally?”

The questions threw me off guard. I am at ease and content with the program, so I hadn’t considered much else but continuing on my happy path and sharing about it along the way.

It made me start to think about why people ask questions. It could be:

  • Curiosity

Or maybe:

  • Their fears

What does happen after you take action towards a goal and you succeed? What’s next?

In this case, most folks that go off a “diet” end up gaining the weight back, plus some. Since I love the plan I’m on, the food is tasty, easy, and affordable, I hadn’t thought of the “what if” scenario. But it’s a valid question.

Thinking through these thoughts took me down memory lane. My husband and I both lost our jobs at the same time in 2009 and moved to The Keys. You would have thought that folks placed bets in Vegas about how fast we would move back to the Midwest. It became amusing after a while as you could sense the vibe in people’s tone, questions, and overall expressions. 

There wasn’t a doubt in our minds and hearts about our plan to stay in The Keys. We would become successful. It was our guided path to relocate to and start over. We would keep a positive mindset and prove them wrong.

What I came to realize is that a lot of people live with a fear of failure. Hence, they don’t take action and don’t move forward.

A great quote I have heard a few times is, “The worst-case scenario is where you are now.” – Unknown.

I have heard many coaches say to embrace the worst-case scenario or visualize the worst-case scenario.  Depending on the client, those tips could work. I am a glass half-full person and coach, so I like to visualize a positive outcome. Granted everything you work towards doesn’t always happen, but then I have faith something around the corner that is better will happen.

The faith keeps me going.

How can someone build faith? I realize, especially now, everyone has various challenges that may be rocking their faith. I have found that it’s helpful to keep some memories handy of when things worked out in our favor. The examples keep my heart full and in alignment with our greater purpose, even on dark days.

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the full staircase.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

There is so much wisdom in each of our own experiences. I could bet in Vegas that you have done something, likely many times, where you didn’t know how it would turn out, but you kept the faith, a positive mindset, and kept going.

Just remember that when you go to take your next step.

– Melinda



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