The piece isn't primarily about failure and New Year's resolutions, to which I will get in a minute. It's about accepting, even embracing, the possibility of failure in general. And, it's NOT about embracing failure from some New Age "positivity" point of view, either.
Costica Bradatan has three main points:
1. Failure allows us to see our existence in its naked condition.Read the whole thing, though, not just that summary.
(F)ailure also possesses a distinct therapeutic function. ... We insatiably devour other species, denude the planet of life and fill it with trash. Failure could be a medicine against such arrogance and hubris, as it often brings humility.
2. Our capacity to fail is essential to what we are.
Ultimately, our capacity to fail makes us what we are; our being as essentially failing creatures lies at the root of any aspiration.
3. We are designed to fail.
No matter how successful our lives turn out to be, how smart, industrious or diligent we are, the same end awaits us all: “biological failure.” ...
A better model (for how to face failure) may be Ingmar Bergman’s Antonius Block, from the film “The Seventh Seal.”
And, now, relating this to New Year's resolutions, to a newspaper column I recently did, and why "you" is in scare quotes.
Related to this is the idea that free will, or "free will," since we're still in the Early Bronze Age on cognitive science, is, as a part of consciousness being "embodied cognition," a social phenomenon. In other words, "free will" is influenced by our interactions with our environment.