If it doesn’t kill you, it makes you stronger.
On my first snowmobile, in the first hour of snowmobiling, on a mountaintop accompanied by friends, I drove my snowmobile off a 12-foot mound of snow in hopes of “catching big air” like the snowboarders, motocross bikers, and snowmobilers I’ve come to admire on television.
And I did it! I caught the big air!
I approached the mound of snow with confidence and purpose, accelerating my vehicle to speeds upwards of 40 miles per hour, planning to execute a flawless jump.
As I went full throttle up the ramp of snow, I found myself flying above the ground, gliding through the air, and witnessing once-in-a-lifetime views of the mountain and its surrounding landscape.
For about three seconds, I felt totally free. I felt a sense of pride, accomplishment, and achievement in my jump.
Then it happened… SMASH.
I smashed my face into the snowmobile’s handlebars and busted my lip.
In just an hour, I learned to operate a snowmobile, made the decision to attempt an extreme snowmobiling trick, and failed to complete the mission. With my lip bleeding profusely on the white snowy ground below me, I made a quick prayer before checking my teeth. Prayerfully, my teeth were in tact, but my lip and my confidence were severely bruised.
I began to feel angry at myself for crashing, stupid for making the decision to take the jump, and a little embarrassed for going snowmobiling in the first place. Why did I think this was a good idea? Why did I put myself out there? And why did this have happen to me?
A few seconds later, my friend came to my side celebrating the experience. He didn’t see me smash my face on the handlebars or notice my busted lip or perceive my bruised confidence. He only saw my approach and my attempt, not my result.
I took a chance at something new, made an unforgettable memory, and learned so much in the process. I learned that I could do it; I just need to make a few adjustments and keep practicing if I want better results. Failure isn’t final. It’s just a signal to adjust my game plan.
Today, my lip is healed and I’m ready to take on the next mountain. My #GrantGoal for this week is to go full force at new things and embrace the fact that I may take a few shots to the chin in the process. That’s just a natural part of the learning curve.