Failure. It’s not something many of us are comfortable with but we’ve all failed before. Or felt like we have. Failure isn’t a bad thing. It’s how we learn and grow. And we tend to feel like failures if we don’t reach the goals we set for ourselves.

Every year I start off setting goals and in the past, I’ve written all about it. Then I talk about how we should review and update our goals every three months. Acting like I had my ish together. 

Narrator: She did not have her ish together. 

Over the years, I’ve gotten really good at setting goals. It’s still a challenge but I can decide on and set goals. What I can’t seem to do is complete said goals. I try but I either don’t know how to start and spend hours, days, even weeks researching and trying to figure it out. Or I get a flying start and can’t wrap my head around how to finish.

As I mentioned above I often get stuck in an obsessive research loop. I will research a topic to death before I actually start an action step or give up because I’m over it. Or I just can’t figure out the next action step. I really struggle with breaking things down into small steps.

I also think I have more time to complete things than I do (or I think everything takes 15 minutes while in reality, it takes an hour).

I’ve also suffered from too many interest-itis. It’s a real thing, look it up. 😉 I’ve always wanted to do it all. I’ve tried to limit myself but it never seems to work. I get annoyed and upset then give up on things so I can do another. Then I get upset that I’m not reaching any goals because I keep jumping around.

So this year I’m not going to tell you to set goals. Or to follow up every three months. Nope. This year I am going to tell you it’s ok to set or not set goals. It’s ok to set aside one goal and focus on another new, shiny goal.  

You’re not a failure if you don’t accomplish a goal. You’re not a failure if you change it up every month. Or week. Or heck, even if you change it up every day.

This year, I am going to set goals but I’m going to try to look at them differently. Some of them will be fairly easy (read 52 books – I’ve been doing that for a while now and make sure I fit it in). Others I may float in and out of. My focus this year is to create. I have set create as my word of the year and a lot of my goals will revolve around that. But they aren’t strict. I want to create every day. That might be painting. It might be editing a few images. 

I have a general idea of where I want to go and I think I’ll take the scenic route to get there. 

What has been your biggest failure and what did you learn from it? What do you want to accomplish this year?


Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.