I am learning to like making mistakes, especially the little ones in preparation for the bigger ones. Take for example my last newsletter which included “<< Test First Name >>” instead of a name. Although it would be easy for me to blame my assistant for this mistake, I have performed similar mistakes including name code error a few times throughout the 5 years that I have been sending newsletters. Although it would be easy to give myself a hard time about “knowing better” and get embarrassed that I am still making mistakes, I found myself being grateful for showing my readers that I am not perfect and I still make mistakes. The good news about making a bunch of little mistakes is you get to practice seeing the lessons with less emotion and psychological pain so when bigger mistakes happen you are more likely to see the lesson under all the distress.
I commonly make mistakes in written communication by skipping words and sometimes forgetting really important words, like NOT. It is easy for me to blame a learning disability I had as a child however it happens most often when I am thinking faster than I am typing. I have learned to read my communication out loud but even then I still make mistakes. I realize I am still learning and when I am in a learning mindset I am more likely to stay curious and not beat myself up for not being a strong writer.
What are the lessons you have learned from your little or big mistakes?
I try to remind myself that success is NOT about never making mistakes but instead making mistakes and learning from them.