We’re lying to ourselves if we ever say we became good at something without making a plethora of mistakes.
Just like the jewelry hanger or the potted garden DIY (which you can read here and here), I was planning on making a DIY on a magnetic board to put makeup on so it doesn’t take up so much space anymore. It started out well enough. I painted it, put it together, made it pretty, and hung it up. ‘Awesome! First try!’ I thought to myself.
Well, then it fell off my wall because pieces were not properly put together, and as a result the whole thing fell apart.
Sometimes we get lucky, and our first try is passable. Or even good! But the best way we learn is by making mistakes. Taking what we did, rethinking a new process, and doing it again.
This is a fact of life, and not what I’m concerned about writing this post. It’s how we react to the mistake that can be concerning.
When my makeup board broke, I was bummed (mostly because I was lazy and didn’t want to do it again). But I reevaluated it, saw what I did wrong, and I fixed it. It’s not as pretty as I had hoped it would be, but it’s usable and I still like what I did to it.
I know in the past, I have been one who saw my mistakes as failures. And I also know that a lot of people perceive mistakes that way.
Mistakes are not failures. They are simply stepping stones that lead the way to success. The only failure is giving up.
So, don’t dwell on your mistakes. Learn from them. Make it better. Make more mistakes, but make sure you learn from them.
Hugs (and stay safe)