As a child, we were always taught that making mistakes is wrong. Back then if we made mistakes, we were scolded or punished. Our teachers and parents wanted us to realize what was not to be done and they did so through the use of fear, on occasions.
But as we grew, the definition of mistakes expanded – from the “not doing your homework” to making career and life choices.
Interestingly the fear of mistakes still continues to live in most of us despite the fact that no one is standing in front us holding a cane to punish us!
In fact, we punish ourselves each time we realize that we made a mistake not physically, but emotionally. Guilt is the outfall of that treatment. Guilt is like a pool of water fed by rain.
It rises with time and if left unattended it drowns us beyond our ability to swim into safety. Many of us don’t realize this, but just remember an instance when you couldn’t help yourself from thinking about that conversation with your friend going wrong, or that moment when your boss criticized you for the first time. Perpetual replays of that moment are able to convince you that you are just not good enough without you realizing how many times you lived that failure after it actually took place.
This where you must break the chain by asserting reality to yourself. Each moment is a fresh opportunity to be right or wrong without the past getting in the way. Gather enough courage and make it count in the right way.
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Originally Published on SubratWrites