Being Honest About Your Mistakes

You can learn great things from your mistakes when you aren’t busy denying them.

The big secret to handling mistakes is being aware that it is part of the process for growth and development.

I’ve come to see that mistakes are just learning experiences that propel people toward success. Although it’s possible to learn from the mistakes of others, the lessons we learn from our own misjudgments are the ones most etched into our mind – for better or worse.

It is hard for most people to understand that when you make a mistake, it’s not the end of the world! You are simply demonstrating that you are out there on the front lines, taking risks and giving your best effort. People who are very confident in their abilities are not afraid to share their blunders.

It is essential to be free of the fear of making mistakes which is why it is very important to learn to be honest about your mistakes. It makes such a huge impact in your life when you can learn this and practice it when mistakes happen. We will change up Nike’s logo of “Just do it” to “Just own it.” It can be very empowering and transformational, even spiritual in a way.

We all have a history of handling mistakes and failure in an unpleasant way. If we could just embrace the reality of mistakes, we can free ourselves to be more creative in our lives, and who knows what other interesting things will pop up.

There are actually huge benefits to making mistakes:

It points us to things we weren’t aware of.
Invites us to better choices.
Makes us more humble.
Shows us where to create more balance in our lives.
Helps us be in touch more with our authentic self.
Helps us let go of fear.
It teaches us how to live life without regrets.

This also allows for opening to a fuller acceptance of life’s challenges. We won’t shirk from new opportunities or experiences, and we’ll allow ourselves to risk more. We won’t be surprised when we make a mistake.

So the big secret to handling mistakes is being honest enough to admit and even expect it as part of the process for growth and development. So cool.

Here is a great TedTalk by Brian Goldman on the importance of talking about the mistakes we make. What stood out in the talk for me was when Brian said “I’m human. I make mistakes. I’m sorry about that, but I strive to learn one thing that I can pass on to other people.”

Personally, I have come to embrace my own mistakes. I know I am not perfect. I don’t want to be. I don’t welcome that kind of unwanted stress into my life. It doesn’t mean I don’t care about my work – and I make a huge effort not to make mistakes, but I am only human, and it’s just ok.

The pressure and stress it takes to cover it up and so forth is so much more damaging than just admitting it. People also appreciate the realness when you can admit you have made a mistake, and that just might give them the courage to admit their next mistake, because let’s be honest – it happens to us at least once a week! Help encourage others!

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