What if we lived in a world where mistakes were cherished? What if we lived in a world where mistakes were accepted and what if we lived in a world where we were nurtured for the mistakes we made and guided through them. Building us up, rather than tearing us down? What if! What a glorious world that would be… one filled with motivation, kindness and understanding.
Mistakes are one of the biggest and most profound ways in which we can learn, grow, and expand personally, professionally, and spiritually. Only when we experience and witness firsthand what not to do… can we consciously understand that it is a mistake, and learn what to do differently the next time you are placed in a similar situation. Once you realise your mistake, you are faced with a choice. You can either plead ignorance and keep making it again and again, or you can become aware of your mistake, take ownership of it, accept it, and then try to figure out what you could do differently or how you could approach the situation differently in the future. All in all the latter will teach you immensely, allow you to grow and most definitely help you gain a better understanding of yourself, your actions and how you would like to carry yourself in the world that we live in.
Mistakes are our best teachers. Even the best of the best, the masters, professors, and mentors, make mistakes! No one is perfect, and it is essential to realize that there is plenty of room for mistakes. Welcome them, let them in, and shift your perspective on them. You are allowed to make mistakes! If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be where you are today. The key is to learn from them. Do not let them define you, instead, allow them to shape you and guide you to where you are meant to go.
There is a negative connotation associated with mistakes. Why is that? Who has taught us that making a mistake is a bad thing, and why do we feel such immense guilt and shame over making such mistakes? I understand that they can lead to detours, but maybe they are detours in the right direction? Maybe they are leading you down a path you need to visit to learn vital lessons for your future. Embrace mistakes and all they have to teach you.
There are many ways to learn from mistakes. It could be a mistake in your job, relationship, mindset, judgment, and so many more…
Once you have observed your mistake, accept that it has happened. There is nothing you can do to change the past. But what you can focus on, is where you go from here on out. And so try and ask yourself what you could do differently the next time you are put in a similar situation? Would you carry yourself in a certain way? Choose a different method of doing things? Would you maybe put more effort into a certain area of your life you feel you need more knowledge in? or could it simply be apologising to someone and not doing said thing again.
Have a humble attitude towards mistakes, and you will reap the rewards. They teach us to step away from our egotistic mind that says, “You have to be perfect,” “If you make a mistake, you are not good enough,” “I haven’t made a mistake. I’m good at what I do, and this is how it’s done.”
Denial of mistakes is a form of protecting your ego or feeling that if you accept that you made a mistake, you won’t be able to rectify it or for fear of imperfection. There are many other reasons why some may actively avoid acknowledging that they have made a mistake. I feel that, more often than not, we are never taught that it is okay to own up to it, and that there is no shame in it, so we suppress it. It is time to spread a little kindness to yourself and to others, as we all make mistakes. It’s a part of life. They are bound to happen no matter who you are, where you come from, or what you do. Don’t worry and don’t be too hard on yourself!
Life loves you and is rooting for your best and highest good. So take these mistakes as a blessing in disguise, for they are guiding you to greatness! It is up to you to acknowledge and accept that greatness as your own ❤