The Blank Slate Fallacy

It’s that time again. The time when everyone around us starts to look forward, dream & plan about what they want to do accomplish within the next 12 months. It really is refreshing to have a natural point to  start over & make something of life. We have a blank slate ahead in which we can say, “This time… this year… in 2012… I will make real progress!”

For this reason alone I love the holiday season! Everyone get’s a chance to start new, wipe their slate clean, and forge any future they can envision.

It’s all a lie

I don’t know about you, but every year I convince myself that this year is the year I WILL make REAL progress… Real change… Real success…


I don’t know about you, but at the end of every year I have to convince myself that the next year will be different. Next year will be the one that makes up for never doing anything! Next year is a blank slate.

It’s weird, huh? Year after year I look forward to the next year to be “the one.” 

Perhaps you have found yourself in the same situation year after year? Perhaps, like me, you have good intentions, strong passion, a clear vision, & even a few goals to move forward with.

If your anything like me, then you look forward to erasing the past & moving into the future. This is where I make my mistake though.  Every year I spend December thinking about what I want to do in the future, but refuse to sit down to be honest about my past. By ignoring the past I secure my failure. I will stumble over the same stupid, simple, and obvious mistakes & by ignoring these mistakes I will continue to fail at creating REAL change in my life & make REAL progress toward my dreams.

You see, this year I realize there is no such thing as a blank slate! By erasing the past & only moving forward into 2012 I am destined to make the same stupid, simple and obvious mistakes this year. Just like last year, a year from now I’ll find myself saying, “This is the year!”

The blank slate fallacy is real… A lie… A trap that you will fall into every year if it’s not realized.

This year I refuse to fall victim! I refuse to believe that I’m starting with a blank slate. This year will be the year I learn from my mistakes & create a new approach to my success!

If you can relate, then join me. Realize with me, that this holiday season is not a chance to start over. Rather that the next few weeks are an opportunity to review, reposition, and restart with a better understanding of what it will take for you to succeed & achieve your dream!


Have you fallen into the fallacy of the blank slate? What do you do to stop it?


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