Dec 19th, 2006 by Jennifer Lynn
(aka, what your piggy bank should be saying this New Years)
Darren Rowse is sponsoring a massive writing project over at ProBlogger in celebration of the coming New Year. Go check it out to win over $2,000 in various cool prizes (all winners are chosen at random simply for participating).
At the end of the project, I’ll be posting some of my favorite posts and newly discovered blogs. This is a great opportunity for old and new bloggers to become better acquainted and build a community together. The first day of the project is barely over and I’ve all ready discovered tons of interesting websites. I look forward to what the remaining days will bring.
The theme for this mass writing project is “reviews of last year and predictions for the coming year“. Go now and participate! Express yourself any way you’d like. The project is open to everyone until Thursday.
My Quiet Annual Reflection – Finding the Courage to Fail
When I reflect back on this year, I’ve learned an extremely valuable and poignant lesson that truly stands out in my mind. It has been finding the proper courage to take bigger risks in my life. In doing so, it also entails willingly facing the potentiality of greater failure. Perhaps I should rephrase this a bit – I’ve not only been accepting failure into my life, but embracing it as well. My personal journey this past year has brought me to a stunning realization. I’ve discovered a concept so liberating, it has literally turned my life into a tail spin.
I have never allowed myself to be afraid before, and yet be ok with that. I have never allowed myself to grow through embracing my fears or failures. Only recently have I realized how horrible this “safe” mode of thinking has really stunted my progress on many different levels.
Success Spawns from Numerous Failures
If it’s one thing I look forward to bringing with me into the new year, it’s the realization that I will screw up many, many times during the course of my life. Each of these failures, however, will serve as guidance tools and become sources of deeper wisdom. The key is continued perseverance, and simply not giving up when things get tough. If one avenue turns out to be a dud, there will always be zillions of others available to pursue.
I see so many people get caught up in a vicious rut because they find themselves stuck facing a dead-end street. They become afraid to step out and try something new. Perhaps, like me, they feel afraid and intimidated by the unknown. Thus they choose to remain stagnant where it feels safe and warm.
This New Years, make a list of your biggest fears. Let those little devils sit on your shoulder for an evening and dance around. Look them dead in the eye and celebrate in their disguised blessings. Imagine all the wonderful things you can accomplish by unleashing all the dread and fear in your life which is currently holding you back from what you want. So, stop sabotaging yourself!
Maybe, just maybe, today is your day to realize your passions and not look back in fear or regret.
Find your dreams and pursue them with a vengeance.
Baby Steps are Key ~†~
Happy upcoming New Year, everyone! Dream it, and dream big. Because if you truly believe it, you will achieve it.