Mistakes are an important part of our journey toward a successful life. If we don’t make mistakes we are not really living. So the next time you make a mistake, don’t be so hard on yourself. Mistakes are required for real success and positive change. I’ve included one of my favourite analogies to support this theory below.
An Autobiography in 5 Short Paragraphs
1. I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost. I am helpless. It isn’t my fault. It takes forever to find a way out.
2. I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don’t see it. I fall in. I can’t believe I’m in the same place, but it isn’t my fault. It still takes a long time to get out.
3. I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it is there. I still fall in. It’s a habit. My eyes are open. I know where I am. It is my fault. I get out immediately.
4. I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.
5. I walk down a different street.
Practice makes perfect so don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Some people are immobilized by their fear of making mistakes. Don’t be. This only leads to a lifetime of regret. When you feel the fear, do it anyway. As long as you calculate the risk, and it looks good from where you are, go for it. And surround yourself with friends who are smarter than you and with those you admire. Successful friends will help you up so you can recover quicker, avoid pitfalls and they often see things you don’t, since they’ve been there too. These types of friends want you to be moving forward with them, so don’t be so hard on yourself and do your best. In the meantime, keep growing and let your good intentions motivate you and stay focused on your goals.
Mistakes can be painful but necessary. Ironically, the more mistakes you’re willing to make, the less mistakes you’ll make. Doing nothing, and seeing life pass you by, is the biggest mistake of all. Calculate the risk/reward and keep pushing forward despite the voice of fear and doubt. Learn, grow, and expand. This is when you’re really alive.
Until next time,
Your Grit Girl,
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