New Year is themed with vision for the achievement of hopes and dreams otherwise cast off as unachievable from years past. A New Year, a new opportunity.
For myself, personally, I’ve failed more goals than I’ve accomplished over the last several years. I’m always setting goals, not just at New Year. It seems that there is a bigger picture to these failures; something more important to learn.
I’ve learned not to cruel myself for failing. Difficult things will occasionally prove too difficult or poorly timed or inadequately resourced. The key is in the learning. But if we’re still stuck in that land of disappointment, or we genuinely doubt we could pull it off, then there’s no hope. One go and we’re done. We may be missing something in giving up one effort too soon.
Two pieces of wisdom from Sir Winston Churchill that I’ve always loved:
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.”
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
New Year is a natural time to reflect.
It’s a time to go back to the drawing board, and from our life’s context, design a blueprint of development. Such plans are not pipedreams as much as they are a purpose to live our lives for.
So, don’t feel you can’t have another go at it. Hoping in faith for a change we want to effect is 100 percent better than having no belief at all.
Achieving a life improvement goal is an unknowable journey with an unforeseen destination. Keep believing despite failure.
Failure is merely an activator for resilience. Resilient people persist beyond failure.
And by resilience we will achieve many things we thought we could not. That’s a purpose to live for.