Why We Fail

Tomorrow morning, I will take a group of friends on a hike. I’ve wanted to do this hike for years but haven’t made the time for it. I have done several other hikes and have enjoyed them very much, but why have I not done this one? I feel like maybe there is a worry about failing to do well. Several years ago, I hiked The Devil’s Kitchen and the Peak of Mt. Lassen in one day. The hike was extensive. I haven’t done anything like that since.

We continue forward, and we grow, but sometimes obstacles are found in our minds. I have made excuses in my mind about this hike and have believed I cannot do it. Yet recently, I began thinking I could do it. I decided no matter what the hike is like; I will conquer it. I set a date on the calendar to begin the trek, but I asked several friends to go along with me.

The friends who will take the hike tomorrow are not people who typically go hiking regularly, and I wanted them to see they could also conquer this hike. Our limits or only mental, and when we realize we can do greater things when we believe in ourselves, we can accomplish anything.

So, here’s the time to ask:

Why do you fail? What is stopping you? No, I am not asking you about hiking. I am asking you about those things you have set as roadblocks (something you have decided you cannot accomplish). Everyone has things they’ve chosen are not achievable. As a musician, I often hear, “I am tone deff, I’ll never learn how to sing” or “I’ll never learn how to play…” The truth is, the only thing standing in their way is their mindset. You can learn to sing, and you can learn how to play anything. Don’t give in to your doubts, believe in yourself, and, when possible, take others on the journey to realize they can accomplish great things too.

Here’s to believing in yourself!

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Dr. Justin Hardcastle

Dr. Justin Hardcastle (1982) was born in Sacramento, California, grew up in multiple cities and states, and returned to The Greater Sacramento Area in 1996. For 20 years, he established influence as a leader and continues to build influence today. He teaches as a professor, special education teacher, and continues to provide leadership in multiple realms. He has won several awards. Justin is an American author, recording artist, and founder of The Leadership Bulletin, Hardcastle Solutions, and Northview Church, Inc. His life-long mission is to empower, encourage, and equip others to reach their fullest potential.

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