Mistakes: They are not a mystery!
Posted on 17th February 2020 at 15:16
Mistakes. We all hate making them right? At home, in business, anywhere, a mistake is associated with embarrassment, getting it wrong and looking silly. This leads to a fear of making mistakes. But why? What is it that makes mistakes so scary, is it the mystery behind them? Until we’ve made the mistake we don’t really know what’s going to happen next.
Let’s talk about the mystery behind mistakes and how to make mistakes work for us, making a mistake isn’t all bad news in business and in your personal life.
There are lots of mysteries around making mistakes and lots of views that we as a society have about making mistakes. The biggest mistake that we can make, is the mistake of thinking that we can't make mistakes!
So the biggest mistake, I'm just going to say that again because sometimes we just need to allow it to land, is to believe that we shouldn't make mistakes.
Have you ever made a mistake in your life?
I'm guessing the answer is yes. I'm guessing also you're probably thinking, yeah I've made many.
Have you ever felt ashamed or sad or maybe even mortified after making a mistake? Maybe thinking yes to all of those or perhaps have you ever felt paralysed after making a mistake?
The key thing here is that many people believe that it's not right to make mistakes, that you shouldn't make a mistake. It's the wrong thing to do. And why is that? Generally because at some point in your life, you've been in a situation where you've been conditioned to believe that you shouldn't make mistakes.
Parents love their children so much that they will do whatever it takes to protect them from making a mistake in life because they know if they make a mistake, based on their own experience, that they will be disadvantaged in some way.
Have you ever made a mistake and been disadvantaged?
The key thing here is what can you do? What can you do to enable yourself to make a mistake? Is the biggest lesson in life to allow yourself to make a mistake so you can learn from the mistake?
So what can you do to create an environment for yourself where it's okay to make a mistake? And if you were with other people, whether that be you're responsible for children, other people in your lives, or in your businesses, in your teams, what can you do to allow them to make mistakes?
Or in fact, are you in any way preventing them or protecting them from making mistakes, therefore stopping them from learning from that mistake.
So the first mystery to solve when it comes to making mistakes is actually not allowing yourself to make the mistake, that is the mistake. There is so much to be learned and gained by making a mistake!
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