The New Year — a time when we often think about successes and achievements. Instead, I’ve been thinking about failure. Mine in particular.
Last year (like every year) I made a bunch of mistakes! It’s tempting to gloss over all the ways I effed up in 2018 by making the traditional New Year’s list of successes and achievements from the past year.
More and more, lately, I find myself tired of those lists, of reading people’s curated successes without the balance of their difficulties. Maybe you’re tired of those lists too? I thought it might be more fun to talk about my mistakes instead.
Perhaps I’m just selfish and/or too sensitive, but when I see others’ successes I most often think “I guess I don’t measure up.” However, when I read their failures — especially when they also reflect deeply about what they learned from their failures — I feel empowered. Isn’t that odd?
Anyway — because I’m also celebrating mistake-making in my upcoming free masterclass for educators (and parents!) — it seems fun to reflect today on my two biggest mistakes of 2018.
In this video I share:
- What I mean by “mistake”
- The two biggest mistakes I made in 2018
- What the horrific consequences were (one financial, the other health),
- What I learned from the experiences that will transform my future choices, and
- Why this kind of mistake-friendly reflecting is IMPERATIVE for teachers and parents to model for students.
Take a watch:
What mistakes did YOU make last year? What were the consequences? What did you learn? Hit reply and practice doing this kind of reflecting now. I’d love to know, and I promise I’ll reply.