Fail Forward In 2018


It is almost the end of January now. How are the New Year’s resolutions you have set for yourself going? Remember those? Or, maybe you called them goals. Study’s show that most goals, or New Year’s resolutions, fail within the first thirty to sixty days. I wanted to write this post as a word of encouragement to you. Health improvement goals are challenging, but just know you are not alone.

In 2018, I want to remind you to fail forward.  In one of his most famous books Failing Forward, John Maxwell says it best:

Fail early, fail often, but always fail forward.
— John Maxwell

My wife Bethany and I were climbing Stone Mountain in Georgia for the first time earlier this month while in Atlanta to attend a book signing by Melissa Hartwig who is the founder of Whole30. The climb is about 800ft and can be difficult at times.  I was carrying our son Asher with our baby backpack, and Bethany was carrying our food and water.

 I wasn’t exactly running up the mountain, and she struggled to keep up with the boys at times. I asked how she was doing at some point near the top and she said she was failing. I mentioned she was failing forward.  She seemed surprised by this statement. Despite her not living up to her expectations of physical fitness she continued to take steps forward. 

The last time you failed, did you stop trying because you failed, or did you fail because you stopped trying?
— John Maxwell

Failure is when you completely give up, but if you are doing what you can and giving it your best shot you are not failing, you are failing forward. This is what most of us need to do. Sometimes we fall short of our original goal or expectations, and that’s ok. As long as you do not give up and you keep trying your best. Bethany did reach the top of the mountain that day. She did have some bumps in the road, places where she had to stop, and some areas were steeper than others. In my wife’s mind she felt like a failure, but by failing forward, she was able to reach her goal of climbing to the top of the mountain.

Your attitude, more than your aptitude, will determine your altitude.
— John Maxwell

Whatever your goals are for 2018 or other challenges you are up against. I want you to know you can achieve success by failing forward. It may take longer than you originally thought, and it may not go as you planned. Stay the course, and you will succeed. 

God uses people who fail – ‘cause there aren’t any other kind around.
— John Maxwell

If you find you need extra support to reach your goals in 2018, do not hesitate to contact us here at Knight Wellness Coaching. Bethany and I will be glad to work with you and help you minimize the failures so that you can achieve your health and wellness goals. 

To Your Health
Coach Brian