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You are Refined by Your Mistakes, Not Defined by Them

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We all make mistakes; it’s part of our DNA. I’ve seen how, sometimes, things didn’t work out, but everything appears to be okay and in order overall. Making mistakes at work doesn’t necessarily lead to problems or job loss, and it took time to learn that. I think about how much I’ve matured due to the experiences I’ve endured, and I look at the lessons I’ve learned along the way. I’ve achieved, be it at school, at work, or in my social life, but I’m still not happy that some things didn’t go as I imagined they might.

No one can guarantee they’re going to never make a mistake, however, you learn to channel your need to avoid mistakes into improved decision-making. To become a better version of yourself, follow these guidelines:

  1. Mistakes Teach Us: The classic proverb “There is happiness in acceptance” expresses the delight of acknowledging our flaws and appreciating our progress. Accepting our mistakes should be the first step toward improving our self-acceptance and learning. Knowing what we’ve done and the influence our cognitive content will have on our lives, as well as the lives of others, is critical. We inflict supererogatory stress on ourselves and others when we don’t learn from our mistakes. We tend to risk losing people’s confidence and trust in us if we fail to make amends out of shame or fear.
  1. Mistakes Help Us Learn Forgiveness: “There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love.” – Bryant H. McGill

In our lives, we’ve all made mistakes, failed, and been disappointed. The most important thing to learn from mistakes is to be kind to oneself. We understand that mistakes do happen and forgiving ourselves is the first step to healing. Forgiving others can be as simple as saying, “I’m sorry” or appreciating that someone else said it to you. Holding on to negative sentiments of guilt won’t solve the problem; it will make it worse. Our mental wellness is contingent on our ability to let go of our inner turmoil. An apology does not make you weak; on the other hand, it goes a great way toward making you feel better.

  1. Mistakes Make Us Brave: “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”- Albert Einstein
    Some people are scared to try new things because they are unsure of their abilities. How can you improve at anything if you don’t try a first time? Being afraid of making mistakes does not affect your ability to make wise decisions. If you worry excessively, your focus on how horrible the feeling of tension and anxiety is may cause you to do or say the incorrect thing. Because fear acts on the cognitive level, you may harness it to urge cautious, yet daring and well-reasoned, actions.
  1. Mistakes Free Us from Regret: One mistake is all they see.” -Joyce Rachelle

We all wish to live a life free of regrets, but how many of us do this? Many of us have experienced regret. Some mistakes are unavoidable, yet they can take over our lives. When we recognize those feelings of regret, we can assess what happened and convert it into a positive change. Evaluate all your mistakes to ensure you don’t make the same ones again. Consider it a previous deed that will result in a better tomorrow for you.

  1. Mistakes Help Us Grow: “Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow.” – Mary Tyler Moore.

I’ve made several mistakes, but they’ve provided me with numerous unique ideas. Even though it was obvious after the fact, I might not have taken those turns or gone down those routes if I hadn’t tried and failed. I wouldn’t be who I am now if it weren’t for the mistakes I’ve made. I would also not value my life as much as I do if everything had been simple, I think. Knowing how many mistakes I’ve made in my own life, I can be a more tolerant and forgiving person in general.

  1. Mistakes Help Us Succeed: We Learn from failure, not from success!”– Bram Stoker

Most “overnight successes” worked for years to get to where they are. Do you have a specific objective in mind that you want to accomplish? Go look up those people in your field that you admire and find out how hard they worked to get there. Everyone takes an odd path and has hard times, but it’s all worth it in the end. The more mistakes you make now, the faster you’ll realize how much you want to do that thing you wish to do.

  1. Mistakes Help Us Connect: “Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to error that counts.” – Nikki Giovanni

Let’s be honest: we all think we’re unique. We frequently believe that we’re the only ones who have these experiences. With almost 7 billion people on the earth, this is quite implausible. The most valuable benefit of making errors is seeing how similar we are to others. In short, it increases our empathy.

It’s easy to become enamored with your feelings of superiority because you’ve made smart judgments in the past. The significance of making a mistake is in realizing it and using it to grow and understand rather than denying it. So, the next time you make a mistake, remember to utilize it to your advantage.

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Subin Saleem

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