In my recent interview for the Risk Without Regret radio show, I discussed mistakes and how they had shaped my life. I want to add some additional context to making mistakes and where failure is necessary in our personal development.
To leave the road of continual failure, a person must first utter the three most difficult words to say; “I was wrong.”
I WAS WRONG!
You have to open your eyes, admit mistakes, and accept complete responsibility for the current wrong actions and attitudes.
Every failure you experience is a fork in the road. It’s and opportunity to take the right action, learn form your mistakes and begin again. Yet the key here is being able to identify that a mistake is simply that decision and experience. It does not have to define you!
“The better a man is, the more mistakes he will make, for the more new things he will try. I would never promote a top level person who was not making mistakes….otherwise they are sure to be mediocre.” – Leadership expert Peter Drucker
Mistakes really do pave the road to achievement
It helps keep mistakes into perspective.
- M – messages that give us feedback about life
- I – interruptions that should cause us to reflect and think
- S – signposts that direct us to the right path
- T – tests that push us towards greater maturity
- A – awakenings that keep us in the game mentally
- K – keys that we can use to unlock the next door of opportunity
- E – explorations that let us journey where we’ve never been before
- S – statements about our development and progress
We all make mistakes. It is how we get up, dust off and learn from these challenges that set the foundation of a life of learning and healing.
Today we have an extra day in the year – February 29th is yours. What will you do with it?
Kolby is The Healthy Primate