We all make them. Then why is it so hard sometimes to accept it when we do? What does making mistakes say about you?
Making mistakes means you are trying.
My youngest son Wyatt hates making mistakes. This often causes him to not even try. No matter how much I tell him that it’s him trying his best that counts, he often listens to his inner voice. That voice that tells him not to fail. That somehow failing will make him less of what he is.
As a parent, I try hard to feed him with confidence and positivity. I try to make him see that it’s the mere fact that he is giving his best that puts him on the bus towards his intended destination.
“What do you first do when you learn to swim? You make mistakes, do you not? And what happens? You make other mistakes, and when you have made all the mistakes you possibly can without drowning – and some of them many times over – what do you find? That you can swim? Well – life is just the same as learning to swim! Do not be afraid of making mistakes, for there is no other way of learning how to live!” ~ Alfred Adler
We don’t always have that person trying to feed us with a reassuring voice. Sometimes you have to go out and find your own voice. Either your inner voice or an external voice taken from a podcast, a book, or a blog.
“The truth is unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that that situation is over, you cannot move forward.” ~ Steve Maraboli
Mistakes are not the end of the line. There are more roads you can take.
I am on the road often and rely on my GPS to help redirect me when there is traffic. It can happen that I miss my turn or decide to take a different route due to an accident or traffic. When I miss my designated turn, my navigation system does not end the journey. It recalculates and redirects me towards a different route.
Think of mistakes as GPS redirects. There is more than one road that can take you where you want to go. When you face a detour, then simply redirect towards a different path.
“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” ~ Michael Jordan
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