4 Lessons I Learned From Failing So Hard In 2021
I am sitting here at my favourite study zone and thinking of all the things I actually wanted to do last year. How many of those are worth keeping, and how many should I toss?
I remember I wanted to travel. Actually, I want to travel every year and I probably always will. Unfortunately though I rarely do, and didn’t do any in 2021. Of all my expectations, I think this has to be my most regretful. So of course this would be staying for sure in 2022, and I look forward to sharing my travel experience. Hopefully.
But most importantly, I want to share four things I’m doing differently in 2022 from the lessons I learned in 2021.
Maximizing Every Moment
Obviously this is simply to live every moment to the fullest, taking as much pleasure as you can from each experience and making the most of every situation or opportunity.
Life is not about a destination. It’s about the ride.
If for example you have a job, that may or may not be your dream job, but as long as you choose to do it then you have to give it your all. What’s what doing is worth doing well and all that.
Or you’re in a relationship. Give yourself to it without holding back. Whatever you’re doing, throw yourself into it, your head, your heart and all your energy. Only then can you make the best of each situation you encounter in your life.
This can be likened to enjoying the sights and stops on your way in a journey, even if the destination isn’t quite what you intended. There’s no way you’ll regret such a trip in the end! And you might find a new, more fulfilling purpose along the way.
In 2022, be a doer and not just a dreamer. I may not exactly be the typical dreamer, but I am a solid procrastinator! The perfect fire brigade that will be perpetually stopping fires rather than doing what you know you should have done all along to prevent the fire in the first place. That won’t do this year at all!
More importantly though is the need to put your plan into ACTION. Create action plans towards achieving each goal, and then act on them. Don’t hesitate, or wait to be perfect or worse, be a fire brigade like me. Just act. Take that first step now!
Now this is a notorious one! “What if I fail?” Or “What will people say?” These statements have killed more dreams than any other singular reason.
Just how many people have failed even to attempt achieving their goals out of fear and self doubt.
But the truth is that you never actually know what you can do until you try, and you never really regret trying something, even if you fail at it. So do what you have to do. You certainly cannot spend your life always worrying about the petty feelings of others.
This has been the #1 challenge in achieving my goal of becoming a writer! I know I have more work to put in for that to happen starting with my conviction, and there’s no better way to demonstrate that but to take action right where you are.
To be great at anything you have to practice, practice, and practice some more until it becomes a part of you. That is the only way to achieve your goal and excel in anything you want to do. No shortcuts and no compromise. I know this, I just have to live it.
How about you?
Do you have goals? Or maybe some expectations? Then you must have a well thought out plan for accomplishing your goal(s).There’s no better time to start than now, so just take a deep breath, and push your feet forward!