Watch this, then read on:
Okay, get it?
That is from “Apollo 13” and the main character in this scene is Gene Kranz played by Ed Harris. Apparently Kranz never actually said “failure is not an option.” He explains as such:
“In preparation for the movie, the script writers, Al Reinart and Bill Broyles, came down to Clear Lake to interview me on “What are the people in Mission Control really like?” One of their questions was “Weren’t there times when everybody, or at least a few people, just panicked?” My answer was “No, when bad things happened, we just calmly laid out all the options, and failure was not one of them. We never panicked, and we never gave up on finding a solution.”
Regardless, the point is ‘failure is NOT an option.’ And this is the case no matter what situation is tossed at you as try to achieve your fitness goal.
Take all the scientific and engineering jargon out of that scene above and replace with comments you face day to day as you make your journey. All the negative ‘this can’t be done’ crap is the same, just with different terminology. I’m not kidding, saboteurs are everywhere. ‘Have this cookie’ could be the same as ‘you can’t run a vacuum on twelve amps!’
No matter where you go or what you do there is always someone with a negative point of view regarding, well, everything. Honestly, it gets tiring. Remove yourself from the situation as best as possible and show them it CAN be done.
Toxic environments suck. They suck the life out of you. They suck the drive out of you. And they suck the determination and motivation out of you.
Lace ’em up and get going. Failure is not an option.
“You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure.” ~ Zig Ziglar