Make a mistake and then what do you do? Human nature being what it is the impulse is to hide it, ignore it. But of course your reasoning self knows that is rarely if ever a good thing to do. Instead you can sift through the mistake to figure out better actions for the next time. You can use the mistake as a starting point, as practice for improvement.
I’m sure I’m not alone in checking out those articles that talk about how well known, successful people failed either at school or at their first job or in business, or made some other sort of mistake that gets trumpeted in the media. One because we can gloat that this person is therefore not perfect and also because if they can get where they are now by taking a trip through failure, then surely each of us has a chance to achieve something similar to what they have achieved.
“Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.”
The object, at least for me, is to see the mistake as practice. What can I learn from it – good and bad? Should I have done or said something differently (or not at all)? Did I have bad timing, the wrong venue? What do I have control to adjust, to improve for the future?
“Painful as it may be, a significant emotional event can be the catalyst for choosing a direction that serves us–and those around us — more effectively. Look for the learning.”
It is really uncomfortable at first, but once you accept mistakes as part of your process, then you are ready and open for possibility.
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