Dealing with Mistakes

When you look at a yard that needs to be mowed, do you see a dreaded chore or do you say a little “thank you” that your area of the world is not involved in a drought? Is the glass half full or half empty? It all depends on how you look at things. Your self-esteem plays a role in how you look at the world.

Your self-esteem also plays a role in how your deal with misfortune, whether by another's hand or your own. Making mistakes is a part of life, and many people use the mistakes they make as learning tools. However, people with unhealthy self-esteem can find mistakes crippling. They see them as failures, not as growth opportunities. They see them as the end, not a new beginning.

If you view mistakes as failure, this attitude hampers you from ever trying new avenues for problem solving, personal growth, or professional success. By viewing a mistake as something that cannot be overcome, you are less likely to try to do anything new or out of the ordinary. You become stagnant from fear of failure or fear of mishap. This is a direct by-product of unhealthy self-esteem.

People with healthy self-esteem understand that mistakes are merely great feedback for the next go-round. They see mistakes as a sign that they are trying new things and growing. They see them as a human quality possessed by all. Mistakes can even help you reclaim that part of yourself that forgot that it's okay not to be perfect.

Just as self-esteem plays a monumental role in your personal life, it plays just as great a role in your professional life. Healthy self-esteem can help you become more successful, assist you in achieving raises and promotions, help you have greater financial stability, and help you understand that every mistake is just a lesson to be learned.

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