The Value of Mistakes

It’s Wednesday! We’ve made it half way through the working week! Make sure you celebrate every achievement and don’t dwell too long on any mistakes you’ve made this week. Put a positive spin on any mistakes by learning from them.

Mistakes show productivity. Firstly, if you were not doing anything, you wouldn’t have made a mistake, so right off the bat a mistake shows that you were working on or towards something. It doesn’t feel good because it exposes an area where we need to improve, or where we thought we were capable when we really aren’t. But that’s OK. Mistakes are inevitable when you are advancing.

Mistakes cause growth. A mistake, however big or small, should force you to face a reality about yourself. It could be as simple as realizing that you need to stop rushing and take your time, of as huge as needing to take classes to update or learn a new skill. Allow your mistakes to grow you emotionally – by developing your patience, developing your ability to let things go and developing your ability to positively introspect. Allow your mistakes to grow your skill set – by revising your approach, identifying problem areas and adding to or updating your skills.

Redefine the way you think about mistakes. Understand that mistakes are part of the trial and error process that we all go through in life. In fact the struggle we go through when challenged with correcting or changing because of a mistake causes neurological advancement within our brains. The key to handling mistakes is to take responsibility, value the mistake and explore how to prevent it from reoccurring.

Feel free to leave comments or questions below!

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