So I’m having a bit of a rough day.

I was denied acceptance into the coaching program for the gym I go to. I am still studying to be a certified personal trainer, but this gym has it’s own training, and I was denied. Not enough experience. Which I get. I really have no professional experience, yet. Life experience yes, but I went to school to work with kids… so totally different playing field. 😉

And it hurts. It does. Rejection sucks.

But life is like that isn’t it? Mistakes, rejections, failures, it all happens and rather frequently too. And it sucks. No one likes to have a door shut in their face. No one likes to fail to reach a goal. But it happens. And we have to learn to deal with it.

Our mistakes, our rejections, our failures… they don’t define us. What knocks us down is not what makes us, it’s what we do with it that does. When life knocks you down, you get right back up. You keep fighting, keep pushing, keep working toward that goal. When you let that failure keep you down, THAT  is when it defines you. THAT is when it takes control of you. THAT is when you give up your power.

We have no control of what happens to us, but we do have the power to decide how to handle it. Life will throw hurdles in our way, we need to accept that. Bad stuff will happen. And not accepting that will only lead to more frustration and pain.

But we can stand back up. We can accept that the bad will happen, work through it, and get right back up. Life takes you where you lead it. So stand up and take hold of the reigns.

Yes, you will break under a craving. Yes, you will miss a workout…or two. Yes, you may get injured. And yes, your weight will fluctuate. It happens. Really. To everyone.

But that does not make you a failure. That does not mean you are unworthy, ugly, unlovable, or any other lie that we tell ourselves. It means that you are participating in this great thing we call life; that you are human.

Our strength is not found in the fact that we never fail, it’s that we get right back up when we do. 

You can do this. We can do this.

Commit today. Recommit tomorrow. You can reach your goals. You can achieve your dreams. Work hard. Find joy. Stay strong.


Love and joy,



3 Comments on “Failure

  1. Pingback: Finding the Joy | The Rihel Life

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