I mentioned a short article on Dean Karnazes in the current (January, 2007) issue of Outside magazine in my previous post.
There's a great passage that I really liked:
I think Western culture has things backwards. We equate comfot with happiness, and now we're so comfortable we're miserable. There's no struggle in our life, no sense of adventure. I've found that I'm never more alive than when I'm pushing and I'm in pain and I'm struggling for high achievement. In that struggle, I think there's a magic.
Unless you're pushing yourself, you're not living to the fullest. You can't be afraid to fail, but unless you fail, you haven't pushed hard enough. If you look at successful people and happy people, they fail a lot, because they're constantly trying to go further and expand.
It's a good mindset to keep in mind as you start out your new year and try to stick to your resolutions