Recently, I was terrified of losing my job. I did something bad and I had terrible thoughts racing through my head.
“How would I pay my bills? What am I going to do without money? How the hell am I supposed to survive? No one is hiring anymore.”
I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life. Do I regret them? No. Definitely not. My mistakes have made me who I am. They have made me stronger, better, and faster. I am pretty much the three million dollar man, minus the three million dollars.
With every mistake that I make, I discover more about myself. About who I am, my limits, capabilities, and what I can and cannot do. They help me become a more compassionate and tolerant person, not only to others, but also with myself.
Mistakes Are ALRIGHT.
You can learn valuable life lessons from every mistake. Do not let that mistake go in vain. Learn, progress and strive for something better.
I will never make the same mistake at work again. I cannot afford to. I do not want to relive that brief moment, where I had fears of losing my livelihood.
There is so much we can learn from our mistakes, and the moment we see them as lessons rather than mistakes, we will no longer possess this irrational fear of encountering them.
“To Err is Human” – Alexander Pope
Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are. They are integral to building a better you.
Don’t Be Afraid of Mistakes
It is interesting that mistakes are something that everyone does, but most people are afraid of them. They are afraid of failing, screwing up or disappointing someone. Sometimes, I am afraid.
But, rise above it. You have to. No, you need to. If you play it safe, stay in your comfort zone, your life will be a full basket of regrets. You will have more regrets about the things you did not do rather than the things you did do, you will regret not making more mistakes.
When I started working out, I was timid. I was afraid of what people might think.
“Who is this fat kid? What is he trying to do? He looks so stupid right now.”
I could not get over the hump of the judgmental stares. I limited myself to certain activities to avoid ridicule. I was afraid of trying new things because people would laugh if I made mistakes.
In most cases, your mistakes only matter to you. In the brevity of human life, mistakes do not matter.
One thing I learned from working out is that people are generally self-absorbed and not looking (or even caring) about you. Those stares were all in my head. I was self-conscious and let the fear of making mistakes hinder my abilities.
Failure is Necessary
In order to succeed, you must fail. You must fail consistently, for a long period of time. Falling flat on your face is the best motivator.
Recently, a friend and I started a YouTube channel (2HelpfulGuys). Check it you when you have a chance.
He is a great actor. I am not amazing, myself. I make the same mistakes, over and over and over again.
I cannot seem to wrap my head around certain lines. The bloopers are almost endless, as I struggle to achieve a few good takes. But making the same mistakes repeatedly, I slowly learn.
Accept the mistakes and move on.
I gain and hone the abilities, one at a time. Eventually, I will be able to limit the bloopers. I will progress and achieve my goals.
But, it has to stem from my mistakes.