If you’re like me, you have probably already OD’d on hearing about New Year’s Resolutions or the One Word of the year. I’m pretty sure I read my body weight in blog posts about these subjects. It’s all good and very ambitious. But what would it look like to have an anti-resolution for the year?
A good friend of mine named Carla just started blogging. She inspired me to something I’ve never had the courage to face with the right perspective:
More importantly, failing well. It’s easy to talk about, it’s quite another thing to live it. It requires living bravely, communicating bravely and doing so without apology. I’m not talking about trampling over people for your own mission. I’m talking about jumping without a net and not apologizing when you break your leg.
Like anyone else, I have a long list of things I want to accomplish. I want to write more. I want to publish something of value not directly related to my blog. I want to succeed at my new job. I want to eat better. I want to get healthy. Most importantly, I want to succeed at being a great husband in my first year of marriage.
But for the first time, I’m coming into this year expecting to fail. I expect to fail because I refuse to live safe and reserved like in years past.
I want to fail and fail well. Then get back on my feet and try something even more impossible. I want to do this all without apologizing.
I’m confident that every meaningful failure will lead to more growth than a safe victory ever could. I’m confident that every significant failure will lead me to a meaningful success because it is only when I am no longer afraid to fail that I will achieve the impossible.
The biggest failure for me this year will be if I never failed at something of significance.
So here’s to New Years and new beginnings, new failures and new successes!