No one likes to fail. Whatever we start in our lives, we are only doing it with one hope to succeed and impress those around us. However, life keeps offering us failures at times. Not all of you know that it is a good thing, even though it does not seem such at first.
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly,” said Robert F. Kennedy one day, and he knew what he was saying. Being a politician is a tremendous responsibility, as you offer people hope and better future; unless you dare to fail, you will never make it in that area. So, Robert Kennedy meant it, and so do we.
Let’s see how you can benefit from making mistakes and why having them is not a bad thing.
First of all, making mistakes is common to all people. You are neither the first one here nor the last one. However, the best thing you can do is change your attitude to them and take advantage of the lessons life has to teach you at that moment.
There always is a lesson you can learn from mistakes. Remember that failure is not a question of you being a loser at some area of your life. It is rather a statement that there is something you need to learn to avoid mistakes in the future. You can’t know everything, but whenever something new emerges in your life, you should learn.
Do not try to question what you are worth but see what you can do about it next time. Just as you know that saying by C.S. Lewis: “Experience: that most brutal of teachers but you learn, my God do you learn.”
The second thing that should motivate you instead of crushing you next time you make a mistake is that now you are not afraid to take risks. You dream big and move toward what you believe in, and that always involves risk. However, as you have already made mistakes and realized how it feels to overcome them, you will be less scared to take new steps and meet obstacles.
“If it’s still in your mind, it is worth taking the risk,” stated Paulo Coelho. What he meant here is that if you have a strong desire to do something, you should try to do it and face all the risks it involves. Therefore, ready to take risks means that you are willing to achieve more and conquer new heights.
The third thing you can consider as a benefit of making mistakes is that now, as you have gone through the failures you feel more secure to keep on going. The truth is that the bigger your mistakes are, the higher goals you can aim for. “A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for,” noted William G.T. Shedd.
Be courageous, take risks and learn the lessons life gives you to become a success one day. That is why next time you make a mistake, don’t look at the situation as if you are the failure. No, it is rather that now you won’t be afraid to take steps and get going.
Failures also make you see the inner motivation you have. They serve like bottle-openers: whenever you stumble or lose a race, you get to see whether you want to achieve what you are trying to reach. If you are serious enough about things you believe in, then you will be able to get through all the fears and failures that block your way. If not, then it probably is not even the best idea to keep fighting. Do not waste your time on dreams that are not high enough to keep you on track.
On top of that, if you fail to succeed, there is a big chance that you no longer believe that you are pursuing the right goal; that is why you did not fight enough to overcome the obstacles on the way to it? Or maybe now as you look at the dreams you wanted to make come true and want to add changes to it. Whatever the reason is, making mistakes is time for you to stop and check your inner motivation and see what makes you keep moving.
To sum up, the fact that you have done a mistake does not mean that you are a failure. It only means that you need to stop and think your direction or the dreams through. Analyze what has happened to you, learn your lesson, and keep on moving toward your goals. “Only the brave deserve the fair” was once said, and it is still topical. Take courage and look at mistakes as if it were a source of motivation for you.
Kevin Nelson started his career as a research analyst and has changed the sphere of activity to writing services and content marketing. Except writing, he spends a lot of time reading psychology and management literature searching for the keystones of motivation ideas. Catch him on Facebook and Twitter.