Failure leads to success.  Believe it or nuts.  Failure also breaks bad habits.  How can this be?  Great question.  Here’s my story.

In this episode, I talk about:

  • Problems lead me to be a better runner
  • How Failure Impacts Me
  • How to Break Bad Habits


Napoleon Hill – Outwitting the Devil


Good Morning, everyone. Welcome to episode 159 of the Path to 1 Million. Tony Robbins said that Tony Robins is multi New York times bestselling author. He’s a leading life strategists out there. He actually said that “There’s no such thing as failure. There’s only results.” So two nights ago I was getting ready for bed and my knees were aching like crazy. I never experienced pain with my knees like this before. I was climbing into bed. Usually when I sleep at night, I put a pillow in between my knees because it prevents my hips from aching throughout the night. So I slide this pillow in there and I just remember this pain from my knees was just absolutely horrible. This coincidentally was the same day that I was trying this new running technique for 5K to become more efficient in my running. And I actually got really concerned because with my knees aching as bad as they did

I was actually wondering if number one, I would actually be able to finish the 25 by 5k challenge. But the second thing was that would I be able to continue running? Ucause I do enjoy running and I really do have plans to join,uup with various 5k’s through out the country. When I get back to Michigan, I want to participate in 5k’s. So I want to be able to sustain this for the rest of my life. And I don’t want to, I don’t want to Jack it up. And I got really concerned about this because like I said before, my knees have never ached like this. So I reached out to my good buddy CJ Thomas, who is a personal trainer. He seems to know everything about that there is to know about the human body.

And I said, Hey, I said, here’s the situation that I’m facing. What is it that I’m missing? Or what is it that you see from your standpoint that I’m doing wrong? And he said something that I thought was interesting and when him and I were talking back and forth, he said, you know, Cliff, he says, you’re, you’re assuming that it’s the joints and it’s usually not the joints when you’re having knee problems. It’s a sign that there’s something else that’s wrong. So I started digging into it and come to find out that, and I know I’ve mentioned this before, I’ve basically been running the same way for the last 50 years. When I was a kid and I went out there and I would run and I would just run all over the place. No one ever stopped me and said, Hey cliff, there’s a proper running technique.

I just went out there and I just ran. And one of the things that I noticed when I was running, and especially with doing my 5k, was that my hips were always back instead of forward. That’s like one of the key points of proper running technique is where you place your hips. And so for some reason, I guess as a little kid I thought that if my hips were behind me and I was leaning forward into my run that like made me more aerodynamic or something, I’m not exactly sure, but that’s like a great way to cut off all your energy and all your power when you’re running. So when I started doing the 5k’s and I wanted to improve my time, I noticed that I wasn’t getting any faster. So that’s what led me to start taking a look at just the concept of technique, which I did not know that there was a proper running technique.

So that right there was one of those instances where inside a failure brought the seed of opportunity. Because I failed it kinda like allowed me to reset my brain and say, okay Cliff, you’ve been doing it the same way for 50 years. You’re obviously not improving. So you know, what is it that you need to do to improve? Right. That was the ultimate question that I had to ask. Cause I wanted to get better. I wanted to get faster at being able to run. And the thing is, especially over these last handful of years I’ve never really had an issue with failing because for me, failing always is always brings an opportunity to be able to learn. I just never thought about it in terms of the fact that failure was a flag to be able to snap your mind out of the habit that you’re in, to be able to create a new habit that is going to put you on the path to success.

It was one of the things that I was reading in the “Outwitting the Devil” book. It says, “Failure is often a blessing in disguise because it breaks the grip of your rhythm and frees the mind for a fresh start.” And when I read that, I thought to myself, Holy smokes, that’s absolutely me. Right? So the sheer fact that I was having so many problems with my knee the other night actually wasn’t a sign that I was failing or doing something wrong. It was actually a sign that I was doing something right because I was studying yesterday that when the muscles around the knee are aching like they are, it’s usually because you’re using different muscles. So for me, when I talked before about the hips and bringing the hips forward, even the swinging the arm motions, pushing off with my toe using the hamstrings, the glute, which I’ve never used before

when I ran. so those muscles were aching as well. But this afforded me the opportunity to sit there and say, you know, Cliff, you’re doing it different, right? You’ve been doing it the same way for 50 years. Now you’re doing it different. Of course these muscles aren’t going to ache. Of course these muscles are going to hurt because you never really used them before inside of running. So on one hand of course it hurt it, you know, it sucked cause it absolutely hurt. But on the other hand, it actually showed me that I’m on this path, but if I hadn’t failed before, if I hadn’t have, you know, sit there and had that desire to, to run a 5k in under 30 minutes, I would not have thought about what does it take to be more efficient with my running. More importantly, what does it take to make sure that I maintain proper health of my body?

Because CJ was able to come back to me and show me some videos about some proper stretching techniques some proper massaging techniques. It also got me taking a look into what I’m putting into my body, what can I do to improve my joint health? Which put me on this whole path of looking at different types of Omega fats. And krill oil for instance, are really good for not only for cholesterol, but it’s good for brain food and it’s good for joints as well. So I added that to my diet. And so this is all had like a compound effect to make me a better runner instead of just beating relentlessly on my body. Because, you know, what did they say? Doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different results as a sign of insanity. I’ve never claimed to be sane, but I can, but I can tell you that if I’m doing the same thing over and over again and I’m not getting the results that I want, it’s because I’ve missed something somewhere.

And it’s always been like that throughout my life. No matter what goal that I’ve always chased. I’ve always had to break the habits of the past. And for instance, and I know I’ve beaten this like a dead horse, but I know in college that I almost failed out because I was treating in college like I treated high school. And in college, it just doesn’t work that way. So I had to break those old habits. I literally had to fail, ie. get a letter from the college that read basically if you don’t improve your grades, we are going to kick you out. You are now on academic probation. I had to literally fall on my face before I learned, you know what? I got to break these habits that I had before in order to adopt new habits to be able to move forward.

And fortunately, those new habits that I created an, it took me about a year of experimenting before I finally fine tuned them. But once I had those new habits in place, then I was able to move forward in able to get my degree. Fortunately, those habits that I created in college would carry forward with me into life as I would move into different areas and start studying different things. Like if I wanted to move my life forward or if I wanted to launch a new business venture or go into some other direction, it afforded me the opportunity to be able to really study it like I needed to be able to experience it and then from that point forward be able to move forward in that new direction. But if I hadn’t have failed in the first place, if I hadn’t failed, fallen flat on my face when I was in college, that wouldn’t afforded me that opportunity. So when I talk about it in terms of failing towards success, that’s exactly what I’m referring to. Anyways, just wanted to share those thoughts with you. So some stuff that was rattling around in the back of my head. I think you guys for stopping by today. I hope you have a phenomenal Friday and I will be back again tomorrow with another story and I will see you tomorrow.