Mistakes are proof that you are trying- Jennifer Lim
Nobody really likes mistakes. I particularly hate making them as an adult, since that's the time you're supposed to seem like you know what you're doing.
But just as the author credited for saying the above quote seems to imply, the only way you don't make any errors in life is when you don't try. That's how I interpret the meaning of mishaps being proof of effort.
If you don't say anything or do anything, you can't mess anything up, at least in theory. But at the same time, you don't grow.
Here are a few things to remember whenever you make any mistakes in life.
1. It's not the end of the world
Thinking about this logically, the only way a mistake is the end of the world is if you're no longer alive. Other than that, no misstep in life has to stop you from moving forward.
It's important to not be so hard on yourself whenever you don't get things right. It's not going to fix or change what happened. It'll only make you feel worse and potentially make you feel like not trying anymore.
Remember that we all have bad moments and bad days in life. Accept that you're going to mess up sometimes, and know that you can get back up and do better next time.
2. There's usually a lesson
By seeking and blundering we learn.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I won't say there's always a lesson in our errors, because perhaps sometimes, things just happen. But in general, you can find some kind of silver lining in your screw-ups.
These life lessons help us to be more of the person we want to be. They help us to achieve more of the life that we want to achieve.
I've gone the wrong direction to get somewhere many times. But through that blunder, I learned the right direction to get somewhere.
I've given the wrong answer to many questions in school and life in general. But through those blunders, I learned the right answers.
It's in that frame of thinking that we can see mistakes as a good thing. Because each of these moments leads us to the way we should say and do things to get the success we want in life.
3. You have something to teach others
With everything you learn from your mistakes, you're able to help others avoid making the same ones that you did. It's a good thing to pass on the wisdom you've gained from your many missteps in life.
Without the errors we've made, we wouldn't have much of any lessons to give to people. We're all the product of people who've lived before us and had to learn from the moments they messed up.
Our failures aren't just lessons for us. They're lessons for the next generation of people that come after us. Through our stories of trial and error, we can inspire those around us to live better and be better, and as a result, making the world better.
Let these reminders encourage you to tackle life without fearing failure or mistakes. You can start to look at your missteps in life as positive things to appreciate.
Because they make you stronger, they make you wiser, and you're able to help others. All good things that help make up a life well lived.
Feel free to share any mistakes that you've made recently in the comments. Discuss what lesson you may have learned from it and how it makes you better for the future. You never know if it might be the teaching lesson that someone needed to hear.