Do you feel stuck in life and wish you weren’t so terrified of making mistakes? Do you often worry about making the wrong choices and end up not doing anything at all? If you want to make the most of your life, you can’t hide behind your fear forever. Here are 6 reasons you need to stop being afraid of making mistakes:
Perfectionism doesn’t exist
Trying something different or somewhat risky will not ruin your life. You cannot expect everything to be perfect. That’s not how the world works because nothing is perfect. If you keep waiting or putting something on hold because you want every single thing to work out the way you think it should, you may never get anything done. Stop worrying about what could go wrong and just go with the flow. Learn to adapt to different situations and try to be more flexible.
Everyone makes mistakes
You might hear this all the time and it really is true. Making mistakes does not make you weak or incompetent. It does not mean you’re a failure. On the contrary, it means you are brave enough to go after what you want. Most successful people leave a trail of mistakes before finally reaching their goals. The key is to keep going no matter what life throws at you. If you want something bad enough, you don’t give up.
You will gain more experiences
When you’re afraid of making mistakes, you create a little cocoon around you and tend to play it safe. If you get a new job opportunity, find out what it’s about instead of immediately rejecting the possibility because you think you don’t have the right skills. Be confident. You can always learn along the way. If you can’t afford courses, the Internet is swamped with information. If that isn’t enough, you can talk to people with more experience. When there’s a will, there’s a way!
Mistakes can help you grow
If you keep playing it safe, you will never grow. New challenges will broaden your horizons and open up a whole new world for you. You will discover new skills, meet more like-minded people, and eventually feel more confident. Figure out what you really want, then take it one step at a time. You don’t have to do everything at once or rush towards your end-goal. Go at your own pace and don’t worry about what people think. What matters is that you are doing something.
You will get closer to the life you have always imagined
Stop the negative self-talk and start imagining what your life could be like if you weren’t afraid of making mistakes. Sometimes all it takes it for you to visualise your end-goal. The most important thing is not to let your fear make you numb. If you are already stagnant in life, then you need to wake up and do something. Anything to get you closer to your dreams. Research. Ask questions. Check out what other people are doing.
Being bold will get you further
You don’t need to be an extrovert or over-confident person to make bold choices. Just believe in yourself and your own capabilities. Acknowledge that there’s nothing you can’t learn in the process. Get inspiration from people who are already doing what you have always wanted to do in life. They probably started from scratch too. Don’t be afraid to make things happen. What you should fear more is having regrets for the rest of your life.
“You make mistakes. Mistakes don’t make you.” – Maxwell Maltz
Danila was a magazine writer focused on lifestyle topics and a communications specialist in the telecommunications industry where her work was published or broadcast via several offline and online media channels before shifting to freelance writing. Besides writing, she enjoys travel, taking photos, and reading.