Tiny Wisdom: On the Joy of Mistakes

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” -Einstein

Sometimes it’s more effective to track your progress in mistakes than it is to track it with successes.

There are days when I have tons of mini-victories, but they’re all things I have done before and knew I could do well. So while I may feel good about those accomplishments and they may propel me toward my goals, they have a minimal impact in terms of my long-term growth.

There are other days when I do things I’ve never done before, struggle, and in the process identify areas when I can learn and improve. This can sometimes feel uncomfortable and frustrating, but ultimately it sets the stage for increased possibilities.

You’ve probably been in both spots many times before. Some days you exceed doing things you know well, and other days you realize just how much you don’t yet know. That can be terrifying if you judge yourself with every mistake, as if it’s a reflection on your character or potential.

What if your mistakes were a reflection on your character and potential–but instead a positive one? What if they suggested not that you’re someone who is failing, but rather that you’re someone who understands that short-term discomfort is crucial for long-term growth?

Today if you feel limited by the fear of making a mistake, remind yourself: This is part of the process, and you will ultimately feel happier with yourself if you find the courage to stick with it.

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About Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha. She started the site after struggling with depression, bulimia, c-PTSD, and toxic shame so she could recycle her former pain into something useful and inspire others do the same. She recently created the Breaking Barriers to Self-Care eCourse to help people overcome internal blocks to meeting their needs—so they can feel their best, be their best, and live their best possible life. If you’re ready to start thriving instead of merely surviving, you can learn more and get instant access here.

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