Sometimes, it’s worth making the attempt even if you know you might fail.
No, I’m not talking about the amazing Auburn/Alabama game last week, though many of my relatives probably still are (War Eagle!). What I mean is that sometimes you have to set a high bar, because then even if you don’t reach it, you’ll end up in a better position than where you started.
I attempted NaBloPoMo last month and did not come close to succeeding; I’ve attempted it before and am not sure that I’ve ever succeeded, and I’ve also attempted it’s better known sibling, NaNoWriMo and failed at that too. I’ve dropped out of knitting classes, I’ve not gotten jobs I really wanted, I’ve had essays and poems rejected time and again, and I’ve cooked some truly inedible meals. But I’m a better teacher, a better writer, and a better cook because of it. And I’ve learned that knitting just might not be for me (it’s a spatial relations and eye/hand coordination thing)
I posted 14 blog posts in November, which is about half as many as I had hoped to post. But how many would I have posted without the nudge? How many of those pieces helped me think more clearly, or struck a chord with others? How would I be feeling about my writing if I hadn’t pushed myself forward?
Feeling confident enough to take a risk is an important quality, one I’m trying to cultivate in myself just as much as I try to inspire it in my students and instill in my own children. Realizing what you do gain from the process of failing has been a good way for me to get more and more comfortable with taking the chance at all.
- I won a NaBloPoMo Prize & What I’ve Learned About NaNoWriMo (thelovelyphotog.com)
- Explore More and Less with December’s NaBloPoMo (blogher.com)
- When You Try To Do NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo At The Same Time (blogher.com)
- 5 Writing Tips I Learned During NaBloPoMo (priestess009ify.wordpress.com)
- 5 Writing Tips I Learned During NaBloPoMo (amnaakkas.wordpress.com)