Haven’t you heard of the famous saying- “To err is human”. All of us have certain shortcomings and we make mistakes each day. But still each one of them leaves us gloomy or shattered. We fail to realize that our shortcomings make us unique. We should embrace the stumbles as well as screw ups. We always live and act in ways to prevent mistakes. We are unable to master the courage of taking risks, jumping outside the boxes we hide in or expanding our comfort zones. We must acknowledge that these mistakes which appear to be stumbling blocks actually prove out to be stepping stones in our journey. Michael Jordon rightly said- “I have failed over and over and over again in my life and that’s why I succeed.”
So, here we have put forward certain teachings of mistakes and how they help you in the long run.
Accepting your true self
Mistakes often help you discover who you truly are. With every mistake that we make we discover more about ourselves. We realise who we are, our limits, capabilities, what we can and what we cannot do. They teach us we can be flawed and loved. We can appreciate ourselves, even while acknowledging our shortcomings. People who love us will stick with us through all our flaws. Our not so perfectness is what makes us unique. When we commit mistakes, we rectify them and discover our own potentials.
The best lesson from making mistakes is forgiveness. With every mistake that we make, we learn how important it is to forgive our self and people around. We understand that we are not perfect and that perfection doesn’t really exist. After all, perfection leaves no room for improvement.
A blessing of mistakes- integrity. Mistakes happen when we break promises, fail to listen fully, over-commit or agree to avoid conflict. Some small errors make big mistakes. With time, tiny choices that run counter to our goals can accumulate into breakdowns. Remember, that even our smallest choices have potential, so we must pay attention to the integrity of the choices we make in our day to day life. Mistakes are often a signal that our words/ actions are out of alignment. So, we must re-examine our intentions, reconsider our commitments, and finally adjust our actions.
The history has a number of examples. It speaks aloud of the people who committed mistakes, blunders and yet succeeded in the end.
Mistakes also give us a chance to inspire others. A lifelong smoker, dying of emphysema talks about the benefit of being smoke-free, we are apt to listen. A similar contribution also occurs when we speak about less serious mistakes. While parenting, we can tell our children not to lose hopes on failures because we are willing to let them see our failures /mistakes.
Teach you to be happy
Every time you make a new mistake you gain confidence and experience. Thomas Edison failed more than 10,000 times while working on the light bulb but he did not quit and in the end, he succeeded.
When you know your aspirations. When you can see this something in your mind’s eye, nothing can stop you from taking a move forward, nothing can stop you from achieving your dreams. The the result is eternal bliss.
Our mistakes teach us to accept our fallibility. They help us to face our fear. Sometimes we may put in our best of efforts but they just don’t work out. When this situation arises, we admit that we’re stuck. When we face our mistakes, it often takes us straight to our fears. As result, when we face those fears, they disappear.
Mistake introduces us to our priorities
Mistakes clarify what we really want and how. The word mistake is defined only in comparison to what we desire, what we see as our goal – success. It is our mistakes that wake us up and keep reminding us of our priorities. The urgency created causes us to focus on issues that set us off track.
We master the courage to speak the truth
Mistakes teach how to tell our truth. It is natural to cover up our mistakes. We are always embarrassed by them. But at the same time when we be honest about our failures and limitations, we are actually in practice of telling the truth. Admitting the truth helps us in expanding our knowledge, and thus, increases our capacity to change. It acts like a mirror and we get to see our own self.
Mistakes are a reality check
When we see the consequences of our mistakes, we get a clear idea of our efforts, the ones that are working as well as the ones which are not. The feedback is the most specific, pointed, and powerful feedback.
Mistakes teach you to take up responsibilities.
Most of us love to play the blame game. Often our reaction to a mistake is to shift the blame elsewhere. We are found saying – “It’s not my fault.” Or “You never told me about this” Or even “I fail to understand how this has anything to do with me.”
However, taking responsibility for a failure is not fun. But the act of doing so, helps us do differently next time.
In a nutshell, not committing any mistake is actually a mistake because when you are unaware of your own shortcomings how will you rectify them? How will you take that step towards betterment?
Mistakes give you your real form and make you what you are today.