I love running. And I don’t want to be the next Bolt? I want to be a runner who could compete with a professional athlete someday.
I also want to write. No, that’s not what I want to do. I want to write better.
I love playing guitar. I want to play like Sungha someday. I want my fingers, mind, and ears in sync where my mind and ear guide my fingers on a fretboard.
I want to try my hand on Tavor Tar 21. It’s my favorite assault rifle. No, I don’t want to purchase it or hold it casually someday on a defense fair. I want to join the prestigious Indian Army, however. I want to be a para commando. and also, the sentence that I wrote above.
So many wants I have. And so have the sentence I wrote above.
But I run. Every day. The first day I run after a hiatus of 2 years was painful for me. I once used to run 6 KM with a load of 12 Kg on my back. I was a mountaineer back then in 2012.
On 1 Mar 2015, I run 400 meters. And I fainted.
I love to write. I wrote articles wayyyyyy backkk in 2014. People read them. They loved to comment on my articles. They loved to comment “you suck”.
Yeah, I do. I do. But. What? I sucked way more back in 2014 than I do now.
I love playing guitar. I learned strings – A min, E. I sucked at G. Even at D. I strummed and felt like a rockstar. I recorded and listened to the guitar play.
And found that I added to the noise pollution only.
I wanted to join the army. Hey, I still do. I appeared in the test for 4 times. I traveled to Allahabad two times, Bhopal once and Banglore, too. I failed.
I failed in all of the four attempts.
What the fuuu….nnn was in failing by traveling hundreds of miles, man?
No fun. I repeat no fun was in there.
Am I a complete failure? I’ll reveal that later. But, I have a question to ask. What happens when you find yourself in such a situation where you fail at everything that you try?
Do you feel like a loser? Do you stop working on that dream? Does everything feel like impossible to you?
Or do you roll back, look at the sky and scream there is where I meant to be – to be at the top! Ok, you can share how do you feel by chiming in the comment box below.
Now circling back to the question: am I a complete failure? Well, I don’t think so. And if you think yourself as a failure, or you have ever thought, then like me, you, too, are wrong. Here is why:
Well, don’t you ever let slightest of the doubt – that it’s impossible, for example – to take the toll on your confidence.
Just have faith that you can do. And then start doing what is possible.
Remember the mantra: to do the impossible, you first have to do the possible.
To do the impossible, you first have to do the possible.
Today, I ran 3km in 12 minutes. The not so awesome statistic, yeah?
But aren’t 3km way better than 400 meters? Hell yeah! They are, no doubt.
You know how I did that? I told my mind not to be too hard on myself. I set the goal to run 5km before my B’Day and started making minuscule progress.
I increased the distance by 50 meters every day. For the first seven days, I increased 50metres. Then 100 meters and soon I hit 2.5km.
Running is kind of a game which follows logarithmic increment. That is to say, going from 400 to 1km is way easier than going from 2.5 km to 2.7km.
And the struggle is continued. I am making small progress nowadays too.
Yeah, I failed for 4 times in SSB interviews for the Indian Army. But I am all set to crack that in my upcoming attempt.
And I, without efforts, can play almost every string on guitar now. I suck less in strumming too. Yeah, I do suck when it comes shifting between two strings. But I practiced for 2.5 hours yesterday night.
Now it’s your turn, mate.
So, as this particular article is on the verge of culmination. Let me help you take the point home. Whenever you find yourself stuck in the labyrinth of failure that makes you feel like a loser, start making small daily progress.
Small daily progress is your map to get out of the maze that makes you feel like a loser!
This is the only map that will get you out of the maze.
I am glad that you read so far. It would be really great if you could let me know your views in the comment box below. Thanks.