It was the first day of freshman year of high school.
I had made it through the day without getting beaten up, making any huge mistakes, or doing something stupid like walking into the women’s restroom by mistake. But the day wasn’t over.
The final bell rang and I made my way through the halls and began to take the stairs down to the main floor and towards my waiting ride home. But no sooner had I started to descend the busy staircase than I pitched forward and fell pretty much all the way down the stairs in front of hundreds of other students. I can still hear the laughter.
But this story gets worse.
You see, our school had a stairwell that doubles back on itself for the second half of the trip. So not only did I trip and fall down the first half, but I immediately got up, dusted myself off, and promptly fell down the second half. I think some of those students are still laughing.
My failure to blog
I set out this year to blog every weekday for the entire year.
I’ve failed. Just like my failure in high school to prevent first day embarrassment, I’ve failed to accomplish the goal I set for myself.
It could end there. I could decide that I’ve failed and that it isn’t worth doing anymore. But I’m not.
I’m deciding to pick myself up, dust off, and keep going. I missed a couple of days. I was sick, busy, have a family, and a million other reasons. But those are just excuses. I’m not going to let excuses or anything else stop me.
I realized something. My goal may have been to write a blog post daily. But really that is the metric. My goal is to write daily. To get myself out into the world. To add value. To get my ideas and experiences on the page more than I have ever before. In that, I am succeeding.
So how about you? Did you fail on your 2015 goals in January? Have you gotten back up? Tried again? Pivoted? I’d love to hear about it.