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Michael Johnson, the American sprinter and four-time Olympic gold medalist, once said, “You learn as much from those who have failed as from those who have succeeded.” Not only can we learn from our own mistakes, but we should always be ready and willing to learn from those who have made mistakes around us.
There are times when we step out of our comfort zone to take a risk but it doesn’t end up how we thought they would. That’s when we need to learn from our mistakes and continue to move forward in our training and the pursuit of our goals. The freedom to run is about staying committed to our goals when the training gets tough or when we make a mistake.
When we make a mistake, it’s easy to get frustrated, upset or feel sorry for yourself. But instead of making it a debate over right and wrong, stay positive and realize that everything happens for a reason. Optimists believe that when they make a mistake or experience setbacks, these disappointments are only temporary. Avoid letting a mistake affect your performance, and get back to focusing on your goals.Failing to learn is learning to fail. Learn from your mistakes. Click To Tweet
You can only learn from a mistake after you admit you’ve made it. For runners, mistakes are most commonly made in three ways. The first relates to training plans, the second revolves around injuries and the third occurs in the strategy used for race day. Each one of these mistakes typically occurs for a specific reason and there are ways to overcome the mistake and prevent it from happening again. When you learn from past mistakes in order to prepare for the future and perform in the present, that’s when you experience the freedom to run.
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