Let’s Have a Toast to Falling Short

You tried something. You failed. You wasted your time. You suck.

Great, now go do it again. Stumble and fall – screw up – learn from your mistakes – pick yourself up and do it better next time.

The only trying that’s worth trying is trying that leads to doing. As a wise Jedi master once said, “Do or do not, there is no try”. Yoda speaketh the truth.

If you’re trying something for the sake of trying it – rethink why you’re trying. Don’t focus on the “what” – focus on the “why”.

Today #reverb10 asks us what we’re going to “try” in 2011. I’m asking you, “what are you going to DO in 2010″? A┬ámuch better question, in my opinion.

What’s stopping you? What are you waiting for? Today – seriously – TODAY, challenge yourself to do something new. Do something┬áspontaneous and out of the ordinary. Start a blog, call an old friend and set up a time to grab beers, get in the car and drive somewhere – anywhere, spend the day sending out hand-written Christmas cards to the people who matter, eat Sushi for the first time, finalize the resignation letter that’s been sitting on your desktop and turn it in on Monday.

Big or small, do something today, and every day, that makes you feel alive. Do something to surprise yourself.

As I said in a post I wrote almost two years ago:

“The only people who never fail are the ones who never do anything. [Failure] is a part of life, it’s a part of living. It means your human. It means your growing, and odds are, eventually you’ll end up doing something pretty amazing.”

So I ask again, what are you going to DO today? What will you DO next year?

Check out the full rundown of my #reverb10 posts here


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4 Responses
  • Jill Felska Reply

    Such a great post, Matt! Lately I have been so overwhelmed with different projects that I have been focusing on baby steps. If I can DO one baby step, it always leads to the next. When I focus on the big picture, I never start. Thanks for inspiring me to DO something out of the ordinary today!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Now the challenge I have for you is, since you committed to doing something out of the ordinary, is to come back and let us know what that thing was. That’s right, I’m holding you publicly accountable :)

  • Sukhraj Beasla Reply

    Hey Matt, great question! Why wait until the new year? Do it now! I thought a lot about this prompt last night and ran a list of things in my head – I need to exercise more, I need to finish a few a projects but then it hit me as I was staring at the pizza box I had just devoured. Sounds weird, eh? How can an empty pizza box inspire me? Because I’m lazy sometimes and I think I can’t cook so I order out A LOT. All that exercising isn’t going to get me anywhere if I never step foot in my kitchen. So I’m starting a new blog (got the domain name last night, installed wordpress, etc) and I’m going to blog about my adventures in the kitchen and learning to cook for myself in an effort to be a healthier person. That was my epiphany. :)

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Nice! Way to turn an idea into action. Cheers to getting the new writing endeavor off the ground!

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