Monday, November 3, 2014

Hello November!

Mistakes? What's the fun in that? If you are asking this question, then chances are, you go out of your way to avoid making mistakes. That's ok, you're not the only one.  

"The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually afraid you will make one."
                                                                          - Elbert Hubbard

I'm a recovering perfectionist. It took me a long time to unravel my fears about mistakes and to understand how they help us to learn. The trick is not to make the same mistake over and over again. But knowing is one thing and doing is another.

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."
                                                                          - Albert Einstein

To make mistakes, you have to be willing to push yourself out of our comfort zone. You have to be OK with mistakes even when they hurt. That can be tough.
This month, to help us test our comfort zones, we have a fun challenge planned. I'll write more about it at the end of the week but for now, know that it's going to get very messy around here.

So to be clear, this month isn't about just collecting mistakes. It's about changing how we think about them. Between little boo-boos and big blunders, there is a world of human errors available to us. They don't even have to be ours.
If we can let go of our fears and ugly feelings and instead be curious and interested in mistakes, we can learn to admire them for their beauty, cracks and all.

Fear less - experience more.

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