Failure can bring along change in you in a positive manner only if you have an empowering belief around the word ‘failure’ or ‘Mistakes’. Mistakes are not here to punish you, but to teach you that there is always a better way. They are a continuous cycle that helps you make progress to improving yourself.
Motivation and drive are all great, but it’s important to remember that mistakes will be made on the way. This is something everyone experiences and dreads at the same time. Some learn from their mistakes, never letting them come in the way of their motivation, while other get de-railed.
Failures on a new venture is like tripping on a crack you didn’t know was there. The people living in that neighbourhood may not make this mistake because they knew, but you didn’t and so came to be your blunder.
This is what moving forward brings. Moving forward despite the chance of failure brings with it experience, knowledge, and development if you can surpass all the inevitable mistakes. Mistakes are nothing to be ashamed of, and change should never be feared.
When you walked down that new path and stumbled over the crack, you learnt something. Now you know that there is a crack in the sidewalk and the next round, you’ll watch out for it. This mistake taught you something and next time, you won’t make that mistake.
Learning from the mistake so that you won’t do it again brought change. This change is going to help you in not making the same mistake so you can keep going down that road. You may even start paying more attention to the road from this time forward, which is another change brought forth by the mistake you made.
Had you not gone that road, you would’ve never stumbled and learnt that there are crevices down the sidewalk, meaning you never developed the awareness of it. Tripping over a crack is such an insignificant thing to do, but there’s a lot behind the action that occurs afterwards. That’s why you can never overlook your mistakes. They are lessons in disguise.
But the real question is, what started this adventure down a dented sidewalk? The little rush of motivation you got to walk down the new road is what made this possible. Without motivation to do things, we are nothing. Without the mistakes we make, we will never learn.
An inventor makes a faulty machine that doesn’t work. A businessman makes a sales choice that doesn’t sell. A mother decides to make a new dish that doesn’t turn out to be five stars. All of these actions turned out to be less than perfect.
But that still means the inventor felt motivated to make the machine, the businessman felt motivated to make new sales and the mother wanted to try new recipes. Now they all know better due to their mistakes and make a choice based on it.
Will they accept defeat and never try again, or learn from the mistake and try once more to do something new and creative. Evolution is based off of mistakes, and mistakes should never be what de-motivates you.
If an inventor never made a mistake because they feared the idea of it, how would they ever learn to move ahead from the mistake? Fear is a natural reaction to most things that involve new aspects in life. Mistakes open new possibilities, new doors and sharpen who you are, which some people don’t want.
Failure and Mistake are a continuous cycle that helps you make progress to improving yourself. Don’t be afraid to make them.