We are mistake making machines. Wouldn’t you agree?
Well you know what, I would, and I wouldn’t.
I want to talk to you about why mistakes could possibly not even exist.
I know that’s going to need some explanation, so let me clarify.
Mistakes can exist, and they also cannot exist.
Is that any clearer?
Okay, so let me get extra clear on this.
There Are No Such Things As Mistakes – Possibly!
Mistakes are something that everyone can relate to. We all look back over our lives and think we’d do something differently if given the chance again. However, what if I told you the very fact you did that thing you consider a mistake, allowed you to learn you would do it differently, and if you hadn’t made that so-called mistake in the first place, you would have never learned that important lesson?
Think about it.
How could you possibly have learned that if you hadn’t done it to begin with?
It should be very clear to you that you couldn’t have.
It was the very action of making the mistake that allowed you to learn to not do it again, or to do things differently the next time round.
What I’m referring to here is called ‘Trial & Error’.
Without this key principle, our life would not exist the way we know it now. There would be no dangers, no risk, no thrill of the possibilities, no gamble, and certainly no reward.
It’s the very fact that we can even make a mistake that gives life its excitement.
If everything went exactly the way we wanted it to every time, we would be living like emotionless automatons. In fact, even evolution wouldn’t be able to occur. It is through the same process of trial and error that life itself uses to evolve.
How cool is that?
Even the essence of life makes mistakes!
Acting With A New Consciousness
Once we learn that the way we attempted to do something the first time round didn’t result in what we wanted, or what we were aiming for, we look at things differently and act in a more appropriate way.
That’s what learning is all about.
There are even famous cases of inventors making mistakes, doing something by accident that turned out to be more beneficial in the end.
The discoverer of Penicillin, one of the world’s most valuable and effective drugs, discovered it by mistake. Sir Alexander Fleming was searching for a wonder drug, when he threw one of his experiments in the bin. After a short while, he noticed a strange mold growing over one of his petri-dishes. He looked closely at this mold and discovered that it had marvelous antibiotic properties, and penicillin was born.
Don’t Be Afraid To Make Mistakes
Developing your character comes down to your capacity for trial, error, and action. If you are afraid of failure, you will be afraid to act. However, if you understand that failing at something is an essential part of getting things right in the end, you wouldn’t be afraid to fail as many times as you needed to.
Learn to stop looking at things in terms of failure and success. When we fully realize that there is no real end to success, it is an ongoing thing that requires constant attention and work to maintain, we can begin to understand that there really is no such thing as failure either.
Failure only exists when you give up.
If you don’t give up, you might as well delete the word failure from your vocabulary.