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January 17, 2017

I Bet You’ve Failed

I bet you’ve already failed. Yes, you.

You’ve already forgotten about that New Year’s Resolution.

You’ve gone a few days without thinking of your Word of the Year.

And I bet you’ve already kicked yourself for it.


Because you know what? I have too.

But here’s a little secret just for you, friend….

It’s ok. 


Yes, really. It’s ok that you’ve already eaten Oreos & milk instead of kale.

It’s ok that you’ve sat down to get caught up on the last two episodes of This Is Us instead of going for a run.

It’s ok that you’ve gotten caught up in the day-to-day stresses & forget to focus your decisions, both big & small, through the lens of the word you’ve chosen to guide your year.


You know why it’s ok? Because I’m sure there have been times when you have made the healthy meal choice. There have been times when you’ve taken a deep breath and thought about your Word of the Year before reacting or making a decision. And there’s always today. There’s the next moment. There’s the opportunity to try again. And again. And again.


Because as long as you keep trying. As long as you don’t let the poor choice become an excuse to just not try anymore, then you really haven’t failed at all.

The only failure is stopping. The only failure is giving up.


So take a second today to think about the times you have followed through on your goals or resolutions for 2017. And then take a second to think about one concrete way that you might be able to help yourself have more wins in the future (like having your word of the year as the background of the lock screen on your phone so you see it alllllll day long).  And then just don’t quit trying. You’ve got this, friend. I’m cheering for you!


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  1. Monique says:

    I have actually used my word of the year many times so far….GRACE. I have given grace but also not given it as freely as I should. One day I just screamed out…..GRACE – it gave me a chance to pause. You are right “b.marie”… is ok!

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