Turning Failure into Success: New Year's Failure and Resolution

Turning Failure into Success: New Year’s Failure and Resolution

January 2, 2018
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“Keep the faith. The most amazing things in life tend to happen right at the moment you’re about to give up HOPE.”

As the new year comes, we all wanted to at least give ourselves a good transformation for us to get a better version of us. However, since dealing with New Year’s resolution is a bit challenging to handle, many of us fail to comply with all these changes.

If you are one of those who is very much eager to become successful with their resolutions, here’s a motivation that you need to consider now written by Sam Guzman, Author/Editor of The Catholic Gentleman.

If you’re anything like me, you have a love-hate relationship with New Year’s resolutions. Oh, you like the idea of course. Who doesn’t fantasize about completely overhauling one’s life with one simple choice? But as most of us know from experience, it’s not that easy. No matter how strong our resolve, we inevitably fail.

Sure, you can go a few days without binge-watching shows on Netflix or eat fatty foods or neglect to exercise. Maybe even a few weeks or months. But you eventually fail. When it happens, you despise yourself and your own weakness. You renew your resolve and promise to do get back on track. And then you fail again—and then again. Discouragement sets in. It eats away at your resolve. You begin to rationalize your failure, to make excuses, and before you know it, your determination that was so strong only a short while ago evaporates. You give up and go back to life as usual.

Does any of the above sound familiar? If so, you probably have a love-hate relationship with the spiritual life, just as I do with New Year’s resolutions. You want to please God and be a good Catholic, but no matter how hard you try, you seem to fail constantly. What do to?

Here’s a brief discussion about the things that you can do to achieve our new year’s resolution according to Sam.

The first thing we need to do is come to grow in self-knowledge. We are fallen beings, and while it might hurt our pride to say so, we are utterly helpless to do anything good on our own. So often we don’t realize this. We look at our failures and are surprised as if perfection is our normal state of being and sin is an aberration. We think we can overcome our sinful nature with simple willpower.

Second, we must reject discouragement. The discouragement and hopelessness I described above are of the devil, and it is rooted in pride. It is deadly to our souls. When we fall into sin, we should immediately return to God in repentant love. Though we may feel as though our sin has driven God away from us, it is not true. It is never too soon to repent. God is always waiting, like the Father in the story of the prodigal son, to run to us and embrace us with open arms.

Finally, we must begin again day by day. I tend to think making resolutions for a whole year is rather foolish. We live one day at a time, not one year at a time. The masters of the spiritual life all encourage daily resolutions and daily examinations of conscience. This daily approach allows us to progress one step at a time and to pick ourselves up after each fall. It is also much easier to avoid discouragement when we are not looking to the past or the distant future. As King David wisely said, “I pay my vows day by day.”

Sam ended up the article with some good thoughts that you will leave a big impact on our lives.

While we may have illusions that saints are those who never fall, and may long for a day when we will be invincible to failure, this simply isn’t reality. The only difference between the saints and the rest of humanity is that the saints kept getting up again, returning to God in repentance until the day of their death. Fall and get up again—this is the only prescription for holiness. Those who patiently endure will not be without their reward, for in the words of our Lord, “He who perseveres to the end will be saved.”

Any New Year’s Resolution? Then follow the tips given in this article to get a guarantee that you will successfully achieve each one of your 2018’s desires.


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