bounce forward

  • New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” – Lao Tzu

The arbitrary resetting of the calendar counter is as good an excuse as any to take stock and take new directions. Hence the tradition of New Years’ resolutions. They are often about focusing on parts of our lives that we consider failures – fitness, discipline, personal development.

Seth would describe such a step as a variation on the “Fail Forward” theme – Bounce forward:

  • When we hit an obstacle, sometimes the best we can hope for is to bounce back. To recover, to get through this and get back to normal. But when our project hits a snag, perhaps we can consider using the moment to bounce forward instead. Being on the alert for opportunities, not merely repairs. If we’re spending our time and effort focusing on a return to normal, sometimes we miss the opportunity that’s right in front of us. Bouncing forward means an even better path, not merely the one we were on in the first place.”

Whatever your 2019 failures were, may you bounce into 2020!