Nobody likes to lose. As people, we gravitate towards positive outcomes. So, it makes sense that few of us believe it’s okay to be wrong.
Still, it’s important to find the lesson in making mistakes, no matter how big or small. So, let’s dismantle those fears and start growing.
It Doesn’t Mean You’re Unintelligent
There is no one person on earth who knows everything. At some point, you’ll make a mistake. You’ll say the wrong thing or take the wrong course of action. It’s inevitable.
Gaining knowledge can’t happen without fumbling something up. We only managed to get as far as we have as a species because of trial and error. So, give yourself a break! You’re doing fine.
It Doesn’t Make You a Failure
You’re not a failure because you get it wrong sometimes. Everyone “fails” at some point, even the people you look up to. Oprah Winfrey was fired from her first job. Now, she’s a household name.
It’s all about perception.
Yoda said it best: “The best teacher, failure is.” You can let the setback destroy you, or you can find the opportunity in it.
It Demonstrates Your Capacity to Grow & Learn
Think about it. If you knew everything, wouldn’t life be boring? Thankfully, there’s still so much we don’t know. You live in a universe with endless possibilities. As a result, your capacity to learn is infinite.
You can grow from being wrong. In fact, admitting you’re wrong is one of the main contributors of growth. Stop being afraid of making mistakes. You’re only stunting your growth by doing so.
Still, I know it’s not an easy task to take on. Some of us may need a confidence booth, or you may be struggling with self-doubt. I spoke about dealing with negative emotions in an earlier post.
I also encourage you to read my book, Life After Low Self-Esteem. If you or anyone you know struggles with feelings of low self-worth, please read and recommend it!