If you are like many people, you allow your mistakes to define who you are and let them dictate just how far you can go in life. If you are like me, you allowed your mistakes to drain you, introducing you to depression and mental anxiety. Since I’m someone who does not handle stress well, my mistakes should have been the death of me. The way I used to beat myself up when I made mistakes should be a crime. From the emotional and mental beatdown that I used to put myself through, I am surprised I was able to undo all of that negative self-talk that I poured into my soul daily. I believed if I beat myself up bad enough, any judgment or ridicule anyone else offered would not stick because I had already numbed myself. However, as I started going through my transformation and learning that mistakes are merely life lessons, I began to lighten my personal attacks.
Albert Einstein once said, “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” This was something I had to learn and adapt to my way of thinking. Little did I know, mistakes are inevitable. Mistakes must happen. Like failures, they are the major ingredients to your success. No one walking this earth is free from making mistakes because no one is perfect. Mistakes remind us that we are human, and things are not always going to go as planned. Mistakes offer us the ability to remain the same or change to align us on the right path. If used correctly, our mistakes will generate the roadmap that will lead us straight to our goal.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if life only consisted of successes and accomplishments from beginning to end? I mean, life would be easy and stress-free. Imagine life with no learning curve, regret, or disappointment. Even though that may sound great, our mistakes are the “lessons learned” needed.
As we celebrate the lessons today, I don’t want you to focus on the mistakes themselves, but the success, clarity, or understanding that came from them. I am now able to set boundaries to prevent myself from repeating the same mistakes in love and relationships. Instead of being bitter, I permitted my mistakes to protect me, while giving myself enough rope to keep trying.
Today, I want you to embrace your mistakes as your playbook on what to do more of or what you should not do. Take the knowledge and grow into who you are destined to become.