I have failed.

I was doing pretty well.

Things were going good.

Back in the beginning of this year I decided that I was going to write a blog post every day for 365 days. Each blog had to be 365 words or longer. So let’s keep score for a second.

I have written 32 posts (not including this one) since January 9th. If you’re keeping track…that’s not great.

But this is not a post about making a big mistake.

Yes. I set a goal.

But the goal was about getting me to write on days when I haven’t felt like writing. Sometimes, this is something that I have to do. Some days I have to write something, often for someone else, because that’s my gig.

But lately, I’ve been working on other things. I’ve been reading A LOT. I’ve been recording A LOT. I’ve been learning A LOT.

And this is the point.

365/365 was designed to get me to do something that I wasn’t doing. I have a history of becoming bored of projects. I have a history of walking away from things I’m not enjoying.

And here’s the lesson.

Sometimes, you have to do shit that you don’t really want to do.

I know that there’s this new idea in the world that says that you just need to find the things that you love and do it. That’s right. For sure. You need to do jobs and things that you love. Obviously.

But. And this is a big but.

In any job there are going to be things that you do not like.

I don’t like billing clients. I don’t like writing proposals. I don’t like lots of things that are a part of what I do. But.

You have to do them.

So in my case, I wanted to see what would happen if I forced myself to do something that I loved, even when I didn’t want to do it.

This happens to people all the time.

Pick something you LOVE. Are there times that you just don’t wanna do it? I love yoga. Right now, at this exact second, I could be doing yoga. But I’m not. I love movies. Right now, at this exact second, I could be watching a movie. But I’m not.

So what happens when you try to make yourself do something that you love, even when you don’t love doing it?

Sometimes you slack off.

Which I did. Sort of.

Except I read MORE THAN TWICE as many books as I committed to reading.

Will I miss some more days as this 365/365 project? Yup. Am I going to keep going? Yup. Do I recommend grandiose acts of creativity like this? You better believe it.

I hope you’re enjoying this and I hope that you realize that just because you’ve stumbled, there is absolutely no reason not to get back up.

People don’t judge you for falling. They judge you for what you do next.