Last year, I wanted to write a book. Didn’t happen. I did write some stuff, but I mostly put it off. And because I had publicly announced it, I felt quite bad about it.

You could just try again, the same way. That could work, but the chance of hitting the same dead end is pretty big. If you want to succeed, changing your approach gives both new energy and it allows you to learn from what went wrong the first time.

For me, writing a book as a very first writing project lacked the feeling of progress because I couldn’t share it. My end goal was to write more. That’s exactly when I came up with my project of daily writing and actually publishing my snippets in this very newsletter.

Changing around your approach and taking another stab at it is a simple but really powerful way to deal with failure.