You have probably heard the sayings “To err is human” and “you live as you learn”. We all make mistakes daily, small and large, faux and failures pas. However, mistakes and failure do not feel like the best opportunity to learn. Your shortcomings are what make you unique and it is advisable to always embrace all screw ups and stumbles. This, however, is a big challenge for most of us because we always try to act and live in ways to prevent mistakes.
The truth is that failures and mistakes are gems, gifts, and guideposts towards self-growth. It is therefore important to always embrace our screw-ups, mistakes, and failures because they don’t just make us unique but also teach us powerful lessons for self growth. Here are some of the lessons we can learn from our mistakes.
Help Us Define What We Want and How To Live
The term mistake derives its meaning only by comparing life to what we desire and see as success. Noticing and accepting your mistakes will help you get in touch with all your commitments, that is what you want to do, be and have. Mistakes normally wake us up and divert our attention like a flashing sign indicating “fix this”. The urgency created by noticing our mistakes leads us to focus on problems or issues that make us feel a bit off track. Working on the possible solutions, redefining our desires and reexamining our goals and values will lead us to better clarity about our success path.
One crucial step towards self-growth is appreciating yourself even when acknowledging all your mistakes and screw-ups. It’s easy to laugh at our screw ups and consequently work hard to rectify them. We all have a long history of feeling discouraged when we discover our mistakes. The truth is that this is a self-defeating habit that we need to break in order to start accepting ourselves and our mistakes. Someone who loves and cares about you will stick by your side through all your flaws and flounder. Your imperfections are what make you unique and you are loved for them. So give yourself a break and accept your mistakes.
Teach Us How To Tell The Truth
While it is very natural for you to want to cover up your mistakes or feel embarrassed about them, the truth is that self growth is all about telling the truth. At times, we all wish that we had a mistake remover or eraser. However, being honest about your mistakes and limitations gives you the opportunity to practice truthfulness, which is a key aspect of self-growth. Admitting the truth will allow you to expand your knowledge of self so that you discover yourself completely. Telling other people about your mistakes can be compared to holding up a mirror to yourself. People see the real you and this helps you let go of the blame, shame, and embarrassment associated with making mistakes and thus you can easily focus on self-development.