Making “mistakes” is how we learn! Every “mistake” made is an opportunity to assimilate information, analyze data, and implement findings. This process often happens subconsciously, but the end result is growth, if we play our cards right. When we make it a goal to learn something from each and every “mistake” and experience, then nothing is wasted.
The next time you find that you’ve made a “mistake,” try to take a step back and identify exactly what the “mistake” was. Give it a name and pinpoint it, saying, “I made the mistake of _________.” Then ask yourself some questions. How did it happen? Why did it happen? What are a couple different ways I could try it next time? You could treat it like a bit of a science experiment, if you like.
Making “mistakes” is a good and necessary process that enables us to learn and grow. As you probably know from acting class, you’ve got to try things out a bunch of different ways before you can decide on what you like and what works. This is true in life as well. The next time you feel that you’ve made a “mistake,” I encourage you to lean into it until you are able to walk away with a statement that begins, “Today I learned…”