Upon reading this article’s title, you may wonder how mistakes could be your friend in the world. The thought of such a relationship might seem highly unlikely. However, little speed bumps and detours on this winding road known as life can serve as the keystone for overall success and fulfilment as a human being.
This article will take some time to emphasise how you can begin to befriend your imperfections. Taking advantage of these strategies will allow you to go from waging war on your mistakes to possibly inviting them over for dinner sometime.
Life Will Always Present Conflict, Be Prepared For It
It is no surprise to you or anyone else that life is far from peachy all the time. Instead, it is a constant roller coaster of highs and lows. This is fortunate because if it were not for periods of lows in our life, how could we fully appreciate the great times? Each time you make a mistake, you should ensure that instead of running from it, you acknowledge your error and analyse ways you could have avoided or improved the situation. In doing so, you are setting yourself up for future success when a similar conflict arises and preparing yourself to deal with issues of a different nature. Each time you can overcome a mistake and better yourself from it, you are increasing your mental resolve and reinforcing your ability to handle the inevitable mistakes you are destined to make down the road.
Forgiving Yourself Leads To Forgiving Others
How we treat the people around us is often a direct reflection of how we view ourselves. If you are going through life with constant internal conflict stemming from the inability to let go and move forward from mistakes you have made, as many of us are, the extent to which you forgive other people will be negatively affected. Making mistakes here and there is an excellent opportunity to cut some slack and practice positive self-talk. If you can conquer your inner critic and think of your occasional shortcomings as learning opportunities, how highly you regard yourself begins to increase. This then spills over into your relationships with spouses, children, coworkers, and friends. Forgiveness is an absolute must if you enjoy healthy, fulfilling relationships. Remember, forgiveness starts from within.
You Grow Through What You Go Through
Consider this, if you led a perfectly peaceful existence with no conflict, mistakes, or turbulence along the way, do you think you would continually improve in any area of your life? The answer to this question is a resounding no. Progress rarely, if ever, occurs in a state of comfort. As human beings, conflict and mistakes have led to virtually all of our most outstanding achievements. When you encounter a less than ideal situation, when you make a mistake, realise that this is nothing more than a stimulus that you can use to better yourself in whatever facet of your life the issue is occurring. “Smooth seas never made a skilful sailor”.
The ability to embrace your wonderful, imperfect human nature is such an excellent destination to reach. The highest achievers in any endeavour imaginable got there because they made many mistakes. However, what separates these people from the fray is that they befriended their mistakes and used them to springboard themselves to the pinnacle of human achievement. From now on, consider the word mistake synonymous with the lesson.