December 26, 2019

Here’s Why It’s Not Bad to Fail at Your New Year’s Resolutions

There’s just over one week until the end of the year, nay, the end of the decade. Less than 200 hours until we pull off the final calendar pages of 2019. 

It feels like there’s not enough time to complete what you set out to do this year.

And that’s because there’s not.

Yeah, we know this might sound pessimistic, but it’s actually pretty inspiring.

Hear us out, we’re not crazy. We are just optimistic about knowing what our priorities are.

Prioritise your time intentionally

Look at it this way: We know that there’s no way we can be adept at slacklining with one week’s practice even though it was one of the first things we put on our New Year’s Resolutions way back in January. We also know that it’s now impossible to read the “top ten leadership” books we had hoped to this year all in one go. 

And this is not necessarily a bad thing.

We’re not excited about failing, despite what it might seem. The reason we don’t mind having bailed out of our ‘resolutions’ is that we’re excited about learning. And more specifically, we’re excited about learning what our priorities are.

Why “failing” can be helpful

We’re not advocating for putting things on a list only to bail out later. Not at all, we want you to succeed at what you set out. But only if there’s a good reason behind striving for success. 

If you waste your time reading a book you don’t like, you’re robbing yourself of the opportunity to read better, more riveting books.

In the same way, if you continue doing something only for the sake of checking the list at the end of the year, you’re not winning. However, if your reasoning behind completing the resolution is to grow, learn, and develop essential skills later in life, you’re on the right track.

End 2019 the right way

Our advice for concluding the decade well and with most enjoyment: 

Don’t beat yourself up over failed resolutions

Instead, let them go. Add them to next year’s to-do list if you think you’ll actively work on whatever they are. Otherwise, add them to your bank of “one-day” ideas. 

Be thankful for knowing your priorities

Sure, you didn’t work on some things. But at least you spent the year honing other skills. If you didn’t and felt like you spent time on things which you don’t think are valuable, you’ve still learnt a lesson! Get rid of the things which you think are wasting your time and focus on things which will benefit you.

Take the break and spend it restfully

Do you want to face burnout in 2020? Nah. No one wants that. So the best way to avoid facing unnecessary burnout next year is to actively rest (we know, the irony gets us too) over your break. Read, listen to podcasts, do puzzles, swim. Do whatever it is that helps you refresh your mind, thinking, and energy and do it without any other agenda than good, clean relaxation.

Look forward and set yourself up for success

If there’s something which you really want to excel in the next year, then put something in place today to keep yourself accountable to it. For example, if you sign up for a short course now, you’ll come back in January refreshed and ready to tackle tasks with energy and enthusiasm!