Mistakes are proof that you are trying.
What is that one thing we crave for? Appreciation and encouragement.
What is that one thing we beat ourself up about?
We have been conditioned to be perfect in all that we do. Be it the most trivial tasks, we are expected to do them without making a single mistake.
I once came across this lovely quote which reads:
I always felt the need to do everything to perfection. Dating back to my childhood days, I would try to do every single task assigned to me (by others or by myself) with absolutely no flaws. I would get severely dejected when something that I did, did not meet with my expectations. Constantly going back to what could be done better, it made me distressed and irritable.
However, everything has a limit to it. No matter how hard you try, you cannot do everything beyond excellence. You only invite yourself to anxiety and self-loathe. And that’s exactly what happened with me. I realised soon enough that I should give up trying to be a perfectionist. It took me a while to convince myself that it is okay to make mistakes and to fail at something. While I still struggle with this habit of mine, nothing makes me happier to see the progress I have made ever since.
There have been innumerable stories on how successful people have stumbled in achieving their goals. I remember reading this story about Thomas Edison. He failed in inventing the light bulb a THOUSAND times before it actually happened.
When asked how it felt to fail so many times, Edison replied, “ The light bulb was an invention with 1000 steps.” Each time he was unsuccessful, he learnt where he went wrong, got back on his feet, and continued till he was successful.
Committing mistakes, goofing up. They all make us stronger and wiser over time. It isn’t any use crying over spilt milk. Rather pat your back, appreciate yourself for trying your best. That’s the key. Trying. We cannot, and should not, torture ourself for all the blunders that we make. As long as we learn from them, and progress, mistakes should never discourage us.
Trying means you are striving to become a better version of yourself. Messing up means you are very much human and real. And mistakes do not mean you’re a failure. We have only read it in school, but it is time to apply it to our own lives. “Failure is the stepping stone to success.”
Fall down, brush off the dirt, and get back on your feet. That is how you move ahead.
Until next time, stay blessed. And make mistakes. 🙂
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