I’m having a hard time right now because every year I make a list of goals for the new year. However, those goals are usually set to surpass the previous year. I’m not trying to do that this time–instead, I am trying to create new goals to take me where I have never gone before.
There are still things that I want that I have wanted for a really long time and I do not feel as though I have gotten any closer to gaining those. I have been fooling myself into thinking that I am doing something new, when I am simply doing the same thing in a new way. When you do this, you are simply staying in your comfort zone. In 2015 I decided not to simply do things differently but to do things that were totally new to me and the results have been AWESOME. So in 2016 I plan to do completely new things while expecting failure. Failure is not bad: it is a teacher. It teaches you how things really work in life. As for me, it teaches me alot of things about myself like my limits, my fears, my talents, my character flaws, and so on.
When I managed to pull myself off of academic probation I did totally new things, NOT the same old things. I studied in totally new locations at totally different times. I took classes at weird times on weird days. I studied with brand new people. I started an entirely different workout. I have a feeling that we do not try new things to change old problems because we are still hindered by our old fear of failure. As we approach the new year, don’t let the fear of failure trick you into thinking that you know more than you really do. Test your limits and move forward into trying new things to overcome your old problems!
Have you tried something new that totally changed your life as a student? Let me know by leaving a comment below!