So many times we are so hard on ourselves for the mistakes that we make. Very rarely do we stop to think of the importance and lesson of that mistake. Well, I have a different take on mistakes and hopefully this will help you look at them from a different light.
You need mistakes to grow. Mistakes are life lessons. It doesn’t make you weak. It doesn’t make you less of a person. Viewing mistakes as weaknesses does harm to you psychologically because it affects your self-esteem. Once your self-esteem is affected, this starts to affect your decision making, making you more likely to make MORE mistakes.
A mistake can reveal so much to you about your mental, emotional and spiritual state. Allow that mistake to be your teacher. Allow that mistake to make you mature. Allow that mistake to make you into a better person, into the person that you were meant to be. When you do this, you will notice yourself making less mistakes, you grow in self-confidence, and you will learn things about you that you probably never knew about yourself. This is exactly what life is about, continuous growth. It is this growth that will allow you to blossom into the beautiful, extraordinary person you were meant to be. This is what mistakes can do for you if you are open to it.
Now I would like to clarify that I am not advocating to making mistakes that you know before making them that they are mistakes. No, but if you made a mistake, don’t dwell on it. Don’t shrink because of it. No! We are humans and as humans we will make mistakes from time to time. From someone who tends to be a perfectionist, I can tell you that being hard on yourself when making a mistake is detrimental to your wellbeing. You would do yourself a big favor by being gentle with yourself the way you would with a friend and accept that you made a mistake and learn from it. This is just one of the many ways to add more wellbeing into your life.