I hope you had an awesome Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year).
Let’s take a trip back in time. In your mind. To this time last year.
Do you remember setting your 2015 goals? Can you recall how excited you were to set some new, lofty endeavors for the coming year? Did you stay focused, overcoming all of the inevitable challenges, obstacles and setbacks?
So how did you ultimately do?
Good or bad, now is the time to reflect back. Celebrate your wins and learn from your losses. The feedback is invaluable. Even if you missed your target, there is still something to learn about yourself. And take with you into next year, or with the next goal you set.
Do you simply need to extend the date of completion? If so, do it. Then review your progress and get back to it. Or perhaps you need to re-work your plan and start over. It’s okay. You have important information. So consider that a win and create a new plan.
I learned to embrace failure this year, thanks to this blog. Nothing happens until you take action. And you may not get it right at first. But if you “embrace” those early mistakes, you will figure out how to improve and make it better. It’s part of the process.
Remember, progress, not perfection. It’s powerful.
But most of us don’t want to intentionally fail. Or look bad in front of others. And I’m not suggesting that you go out of your way to mess up. Instead, focus on your growth; not your mistakes. Accept that you may not get it right the first time. Then learn from each experience and improve your skills along the way. And you will never look back.
It’s a lot easier to sit on the sidelines, critiquing or criticizing the mistakes of others. But what does that get ‘ya? For the record, I’m expecting more missteps this year. Just sayin’…
So what’s the takeaway here? Don’t be afraid to fail. Failure is unfortunately something that carries a negative stigma. But it shouldn’t. Unless you make the same mistake, over and over.
Think about some of the most valuable lessons you’ve learned. Was it from someone else that told you what to do or not do? Or did you have to mess up and learn it for yourself, the hard way? You can use both types to your advantage.
Back to your 2016 goals. I’d like to end this post with some valuable advice from Darren Hardy on how to NOT FAIL this year when it comes to your 2016 goals. It’s called The Honeymoon Phase.
In closing, I would like to wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. And I also hope that you get to fail a few times in 2016. Cheers to your growth and great health!!!
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