Failed to keep your resolution already? Congratulations. It means you actually picked a good resolution—one that is fighting back. You’re on your way to significant improvement and your old habits are pissed off.
We all hate to fail. I get that. The problem is that most positive change requires actions and attitudes that are both new and difficult. Positive change reveals where we aren’t yet competent and where we’re likely to fail. Most people would rather successfully stay the same than risk failing to achieve improvement.
Failure is not only inevitable it’s a necessary ingredient for success. Here are a few reasons why:
- If you aren’t failing, you aren’t trying.
- If you aren’t failing, your challenges are too easy.
- If you aren’t failing, you haven’t committed to substantial change.
- If you aren’t failing, you aren’t exploring your limits.
- If you aren’t failing, you won’t improve.
This is not hyped motivational speak. These ideas come from an appreciation of failure as an integral part of the process of change. Don’t give in to the temptation to reset to your old ways. Punch back and push through momentary failures. Momentary failure is only one step on a winding staircase to success.
Don’t let failure derail your commitment to change in 2020. Don’t give in to the resistance created by old habits and destructive mindsets. You made a resolution because you wanted to be better. So be better.
“One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Paul (Philippians 3: 13-14)