I don’t know about you, but I’m not perfect. In fact, I’m far from it. You’ll probably see misspellings and grammar errors here and there. And I’ll admit that some of my posts were 100% mistakes on my part.
And you know what?
I’m pretty ecstatic about it.
And nope I’m not a masochist either.
I’ve just learned something important-you may say life changing-about mistakes over the years.
They are good things!
In fact, I’m almost too thrilled when another error has taken place.
Because I know I’m that much closer to success.
I’ve read enough biographies to know that the people who achieve great things in life, also made a whole heck of a lot of mistakes. And I use the word “mistakes” lightly because sometimes what we label as “mistakes” are jumping off points to something amazing.
Would you call Walt Disney a failure, for example, because he never made it as a cartoonist (something he started out doing), but created an empire instead?
Would you also focus on Oprah’s inability to be a good news reporter because she cried on air and pronounced Canada (“ca-NAD-a”)?
Probably not because we know them now as successful people.
They took their mistakes and went to town with it.
And YOU can too.
Instead of wallowing in self-pity over your supposed mistakes, why not use your mistakes as signs to point you in the right direction or to motivate you to do better?
Don’t just stop when you hit a bump in the road. You’ll never know how close you were to reaching where you need to go.
For example, I recently received a heartbreaking review on an inspiring essay I did. For a few days, I was pretty down. But I realized I had two choices. I could keep feeling bad for myself and let my ego eat away at a perfectly good opportunity for self-growth or I could do something different.
Guess what I did?
I buckled down and reworked my essay. And you know what? Opening myself up to possibility instead of shutting myself down emotionally, gave me inspiration to write. And I received a glowing review-one that would not have appeared if I had stopped before I even started.
Another time I “screwed up” was at my wedding. My husband and I forgot to give the reverend a copy of our vows. The heart beating mistake? We didn’t memorize it either. And no one had a copy on hand. This meant that right in the middle of the ceremony, we all had to wait while he went back inside and looked for a copy. We both laughed and so did our guests. The biggest feedback we got was that our wedding was just so “us” and it was.
So the next time you make a blooper, don’t fret. You can take that so-called error as a sign that you’re on the right path, one step closer to your dreams. It’s all about faith and choices. Having the faith that things will work out and making a conscious choice to live the life of your dreams.
How about you? Have you ever made a mistake only to find out later that it was a good thing that happened? Maybe it was the best thing that could have happened to you but you just didn’t know it at the time? Share the wealth with us here.