So many people these days are afraid to make a mistake. Yet the only way to get where we want to be is to make mistakes. No one ever got to “experienced,” “successful” or “well-respected” without making mistakes. The most successful people in business understand this and they don’t let it slow down their progress.
“Failure is a success because it informs you what doesn't work, which is as important as knowing what does.” Peter Bregman
A corporate executive told me that when she met her team, she told them she was going to F#%@ some things up, and she was ok with it. It was a great ice breaker and completely took the pressure off.
Nobody remembers your mistakes anyway. People can’t remember what happened yesterday, so how will they remember a mistake you made last year?
We are the only ones who keep a scorecard of all our mistakes. It’s nice to be able to learn from them, but to judge ourselves stupid or a failure because of a few mistakes is shortsighted. Getting angry, beating ourselves up or apologizing only slows the whole process down.
How does it feel to remove fear of failure from the equation? Imagine if you felt that way about everything? Nothing could stop you.
If you can’t remove the fear of making a mistake, then do what marketing guru Steve Harrison says and “Stumble Forward.” Keep moving forward towards your goals, and know that sometimes you are going to stumble. The important thing is to be ok with stumbling. If you embrace it, it becomes less painful and actually accelerates your progress. And to be honest, it’s what we all do anyway.
Try this exercise: Make a chart with two columns. Label the left side “Mistakes” and the right side “What I learned.” List as many mistakes as you can and what you learned from them.
Would you be where you are today without these mistakes?
It may seem counter intuitive, but you should look forward to making a mistake. Incorporate it into your mindset. Say to yourself: I look forward to making a mistake. Learn to enjoy making mistakes, because with every mistake you are one step closer to your goal.
Does the fear of making a mistake hold you back from achieving your goals and living the life you dream about?
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