Celebrate Your Mistakes.

Learn to embrace the mistakes you've made - and let them excite you.

In today's modern work world, mistakes might scare the pants off of you.  God forbid you make a mistake, one so inexcusable you need to tell your boss about it immediately, ultimately resulting in your termination.  Well, let me be the first 27-year-old to tell you, that is highly unlikely.  But for some it could be a legitimate worry. 

Think back to some of your biggest mistakes.  When I think of mistakes, the ones from grade school are burnt into my psyche. You raise your hand, thinking you know the correct answer, only to be told - in front of your peers - that you're wrong.  

I went to a catholic elementary school from 2nd grade to the end of 5th grade.  Those years were both incredibly frightening, and ultimately made me into the unique person I am today.  There are a handful of instances that are burned into my psyche - instances of failure - I experienced during my time at this particular school.  Because of those instances, I have an incredible fear of failure.  To a fault.  To a point of borderline sickness.  But you know what isn't all that bad?  I'm a better person for it.

Thinking about it now, doesn't that seem like a terrible classroom model?  Anyway, the point is you would be chastised for being incorrect.  I believe those instances, ultimately, have bled into adulthood creating this unnecessary fear of failure.

We're All Human

We're all human, right?  Everyone one of us has made a mistake - and we're better for it.  We are where we are because of the successes and failures we've endured throughout our lives.  If someone judges you based on a past mistake, that person has no right to be in your life.  They belong in your life if they're supportive no matter what.  Sure, that may be a little aggressive - but it's the truth.  Don't surround yourself with people who are unsupportive.

We're Taught to Fear Mistakes

No one likes to fail, that's a given.  Your goal shouldn't be to fail.  But should you fail, you'll realize your mistake.  From that realization, you'll do your best to avoid that mistake in the future - hence making you a better person.  The fact that we should fear failure, and fear the possible ridicule, is completely bogus.

Know That Everything is Okay

Should you fail - and you will - always remember that everything is going to be okay.  The sun will set, and rise, and all will be well with the world.  Don't let your fear of failure stop you from jumping outside of your comfort zone.

So tell me - at what are you afraid to fail?  
Work?  
School?  
Some other aspect of life?  

If you would like to share - leave it in the comments below.  I'd love to talk.