When you were a young kid, did you think you'd have it all figured out when you got older? Then, as you got older, you realized it was still possible to make silly mistakes. The truth is, we all make them at every age. Making a mistake can be irritating and get you off track, but there can be a good outcome.
This quote from Neil Gaiman, the author and filmmaker, sums it up in a great way, "Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here."*
Especially when you are disappointed or frustrated with a silly mistake, here is an idea. Frame it as a blessing in disguise!
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The next time you make a mistake, whether one impacting just you or it is one involving others, there is a huge benefit in reframing it. This week, take these quick steps:
- Review the mistake with a focus on your emotions.
- Give the mistake a number from 1-10 of seriousness.
- If your number is under 5, find a way to smile or laugh at your mistake.
- If your number is over 5, uncover something that you can learn from the mistake.
- Finally, look for the blessing in disguise, however small or big that can be.
Sometimes when reviewing a mistake or have one haunting me, I add a disgusted eye roll which helps me to let go of negativity and put the mistake in its place.