As people strive to improve, whether it’s improving their instruction as a teacher, working on their conversation beliefs and habits, or confronting toxic or dangerous words or behavior, our best efforts sometimes fail to accomplish our goals. This can be frustrating and discouraging and can possibly lead some to feel guilt or shame, or even abandon their goals entirely. Instead, focusing on the effort to improve, even when we don’t succeed, is always a meaningful step toward success, and the more of us who learn to forgive ourselves when we fall short of our expectations, the more we all move further toward significant and lasting change.

In this video, Jim Knight discusses how we must learn to accept when our best doesn’t reach our goals so we can move forward, learn, and improve for the future.