Well, it's been a while. No apologies or reasons, just haven't made the blog a priority. Now on to the good stuff....
I find that many of my students are so terrified of making mistakes that they really don't dive into a task with both feet. The fear of failure is so paralyzing that they would rather stick a toe in the water to see if it is going to be OK. Will this work sometimes? Yes, but... little risk = little reward.
I want you to imagine for a moment, what would happen if you knew you couldn't fail? How would you handle yourself if you KNEW you would succeed? Well as luck has it, I have a plan that will ultimately lead to your success.
Fail. Fail often, and fail boldly.
Please don't get me wrong. I don't mean that you have carte blanche to abandon responsibilities and become undependable. What I mean is that you should try, and try hard. Mentally prepare yourself for the possibility of failure, and when it happens, you will be ready to face it directly, clean up the mess, and above all else, keep moving forward.
In the words attributed to Socrates, "the life unexamined is not worth living." Don't be afraid to examine your shortcomings. Work backward from the point of failure, and unpack things one step at a time. Even if you eventually had link in the chain fail, you likely had many more that were strong and durable. Those durable links in the chain are what matter most. I'll be rooting for you!