I'm refusing henceforth to let negativity influence my life, so you might be wondering why my post for today is about a failure I experienced in 2016. Well, here's the truth about failure - it's not so bad IF you realize what your shortcomings were and LEARN from the experience.
Last year, my Word of the year was "DISCIPLINE." The reason why I chose that word/theme was because I had noticed that with my goals and resolutions in the past, I was never disciplined enough to follow through. I would have small and grand ideas, and would complete some but the majority went uncompleted. I figured that I needed to do better and instill more discipline within.
Needless to say, it didn't really happen. Or rather, I made a half-hearted attempt at it.
- First of all, I didn't have a clear picture of what Discipline meant to me - did it mean reading my Bible first thing in the morning, limiting my spending and having a budget, minimizing the amount of TV I watched, etc. I was not very clear on what I was trying to achieve.
- Secondly, you know how the Bible says we should write our vision down and make it plain? Well, I wrote my vision but it wasn't in plain sight where I could look at it regularly and reflect on any progress. What's the point of having a goal that you hardly remember or think about? That's not a goal. A goal is something that you ACTIVELY work towards. It's not passive. And that's what I was... passive.
- Finally, let me just be honest, I was lazy. Discipline requires, well, DISCIPLINE! Discipline is hard work. And I simply didn't put it in. It's nobody else's fault but mine, and I can admit that.
So as you can see, I may have failed in attaining the level of discipline I wanted. However, I know where I went wrong and what I need to do to move forward. Let's be clear though - in some aspects of my life, I was quite disciplined. Aside from my Break Time, I constantly churned out 4 to 5, sometimes 7 blog posts a week. That requires discipline. So it's not all bad!
I do have a new word of the year, that I will share in the coming days. It came through a personal revelation to me towards the end of last year.
Tell me: How did you do in 2016?