Fess up when you mess up…….and grow in humility. We need to be able to acknowledge, accept, and admit our mistakes. Doing this allows us to grow in compassion for ourselves and others as we learn the valuable lesson of surrendering and healing our judgements. It is impossible to always be the smartest person in the room who never makes mistakes. The best leaders in this world lead with humility and will. The will to succeed and the humility to hold the mirror up, instead of looking out the window of life to point the finger of blame. You lose personal integrity when you blame instead of taking responsibility for your mistakes.
Wisdom isn’t about not making mistakes, but about learning and growing through them. It’s about recognizing your own patterns and seeing where you are the common denominator in situations. Mistakes shouldn’t make us cautious or filled with fear. They need to make us think, to acknowledge, and to change when necessary. Remembering the powerful spiritual message….you cannot change what you do not acknowledge. So we must accept that what’s done is done. You cannot go back and change anything, so you’ve got to work with what you have, and that means making change from where you are. The route to making these changes is gentleness Pain doesn’t equal progress…peace does.
Iyanla Vanzant said “Very often we waste time, energy and readily available joy, because of our failure to acknowledge an error. We know that pencils have erasers. We know that computers allow us to cut and paste. We know that tests can be taken again and the wrong size can be exchanged. Yet for some strange reason one of our greatest challenges is admitting to ourselves and others that we have made a mistake. A mistake is a great opportunity for learning and healing. A mistake reminds us that no matter how old we are, how smart we believe ourselves to be, regardless of how much we have accomplished, we are still human. A mistake is a lesson in humility. A mistake is the way we learn our limitations. A reminder that there is always more to learn about ourselves and our capabilities.”
By Lisa Scott Executive Life Coach