Day 8 of Letting Go
Let go of perceiving your mistakes as failures
Today, I want you to focus on how you perceive the mistakes you make. I have heard it said that all mistakes are progress because they bring you closer to perfection. Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” I found another quote on mistakes that I really think should be spread far and wide because it really hit home for me. The author of this quote is unknown:
In every mistake, there is a message. Some people miss the message because they’re too busy berating themselves for the mistake.
I think that nails it for me! I forget the reason I made the mistake in the first place, as well. Usually, we make mistakes when we are trying to do the right thing or be good to ourselves or someone else. I rarely find myself making mistakes purely out of selfish intent. For instance, I rolled through a stop sign once (we’re gonna go with once :-P) and was given a ticket but the reason I made that mistake was because I was in a hurry trying to do all the ‘good’ things ‘good moms’ do.
It is not the mistake that we should focus on but the lesson the mistake is trying to teach us. In my case, I had to learn that I would be more effective at my job as mom, if I slowed down and took time to relax even if it meant I wouldn’t get everything done that I was “supposed to do”. Sometimes we make mistakes because we’re trying to live up to impossible standards.
Today, give yourself a break. When you make mistakes, check yourself and then move on happy that you’re making progress!
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