Mistakes Are Proof That You Are Trying
— Jennifer Lim
I’ve come across this quote recently and it really struck a chord in me.
Growing up, I was made to believe that mistakes were a bad thing. That making a mistake meant that I didn’t do my very best, that I didn’t push myself hard enough, and that I wasn’t good enough.
Because of this, I started to believe that for me to be enough and be worthy, I had to continually push myself to meet all of their expectations.
I had to continually push myself to work very hard to be the best and of course to avoid mistakes and failures at all costs.
Because for every mistake, I was compared to others’ success. For every failure, I was made to feel how little and unworthy I was.
I both hated and feared mistakes and I took that fear with me until I was an adult.
Have you ever felt this way too? How many times have you tried to control every little aspect of your life just to avoid making a single mistake?
How many times have you said no to opportunities because you were so afraid to fail and make a mistake?
How many times have you let a single mistake stop you from chasing your dreams and making them a reality?
After hitting rock bottom and being at the lowest point of my life, I’ve finally started to believe that there is no reason to fear mistakes.
Mistakes are a part of life.
Mistakes are proof that you are trying.
Mistakes are proof that you are actually doing something to move forward, achieve your dreams, and grow.
Every time you feel like a mistake is keeping you stuck and unable to move forward, remember to do these powerful things to help give you the courage to push forward and stay motivated in making your dreams a reality!
Below, you will also find motivational quotes that will help you embrace mistakes, learn from them, and move forward.
5 Things To Do After You Make Mistakes In Life
1. Be Kind To Yourself
It’s always important to be kind to ourselves but most especially during these moments. Moments where you feel so down and defeated.
Seasons where you’re at your all-time low and you feel like you have messed up everything.
I know that it’s so much easier for us to beat ourselves up but doing this is only going to make you feel so much worse.
Yes, take responsibility for all your mistakes. Be accountable but constantly beating yourself up for it is only going to keep you stuck and unable to move forward.
It’s going to take so much toll on your mental health and your confidence that will eventually make you start doubting your capabilities.
Learn to be kind to yourself and show yourself some love and compassion. Remember that as human as we all are, we are all bound to make mistakes and you are no exception.
Give yourself some grace and instead of beating yourself up, use that mistake to fuel your drive to do and be better.
Learn to be kinder to yourself and start loving yourself more by taking this 30 Day Self Love Challenge.
2. Remember That Mistakes Are Avenues For Growth
Mistakes are proof that you are trying. If you don’t try and you just stay still, then there’s no room for growth and improvement.
I know that mistakes can be scary and I know how awfully disappointing it can be, especially if you’ve tried your very best to avoid them in the first place.
I certainly know that feeling all too well. But now, I’ve learned to think about it this way, the only way for you to avoid mistakes and failures is if you don’t try or do anything at all.
If you want to change your life, if you want to make your dreams a reality, you have to keep trying, and sometimes things may not work out but it just means to you are actually doing something, that you are actually trying to make even small changes to improve your life and better yourself.
3. Don’t Bottle It Up
One thing I’ve learned from learning to embrace mistakes and failures is to take the time to grieve them.
For most of us, every time we feel heartbroken, defeated and a total failure, our go-to move is to quickly run away from what we feel, bottle up all our emotions, and just pretend like we are okay.
I was guilty of doing this for the longest time but eventually, it all caught up to me and it broke me. It wasn’t until that time that I realized how negatively it affected my mental and emotional health.
Allowing yourself to acknowledge what you’re feeling and letting yourself be vulnerable is not a sign of weakness.
I believe that it takes great courage and strength to open up and let ourselves feel. Don’t be afraid to let yourself cry, vent out or even scream.
Find the support that you need and talk it over with the person that you trust. You’ll be surprised just how much it helps alleviate the burden that you are feeling.
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4. Remember That Often, Mistakes Offer Lessons
For every mistake that we make there is often a lesson that we can take with us, that’ll help us improve ourselves, make better decisions, and change our lives.
It’s easy for us to hate mistakes and try everything that we can do to control every situation just to avoid making them.
But sometimes we actually have to make those mistakes for us to be wiser, stronger, and grow into the person we are meant to be.
Instead of believing that mistakes are a bad thing, let’s try seeing them as avenues for improvement, growth, and even healing.
For every mistake that you make, try to find something that it teaches you and use that lesson as your driving force to keep going, try again and stop repeating the same mistakes.
5. Focus On Your Progress
If you keep fixating on every mistake that you’ve made, you’ll only feel more defeated and that will most likely impact your motivation.
Instead of focusing on everything that you’ve done wrong every minute of every day, why not try to focus on your progress instead?
Look at how far you’ve come and how much strength and courage it took to get there. Celebrate your wins, no matter how small it is. Remind yourself that sometimes you don’t have to take huge and gigantic leaps.
Often what matters is those little steps that you take every day to learn from every mistake, apply them to your life, and just let yourself embrace the journey.
More Motivational Quotes Related To “Mistakes Are Proof That You Are Trying”
You can write these quotes in your journal or on small pieces of paper that you can place on things where you can look at them the most throughout the day to motivate you and help you overcome the fear of making them.
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
— Albert Einstein
We all make them, the difference is what we do after we make the mistake, how we see the mistake – a learning experience or a failure.
— Catherine Pulsifer
If people refuse to look at you in a new light and they can only see you for what you were, only see you for the mistakes you’ve made, if they don’t realize that you are not your mistakes, then they have to go.
— Steve Maraboli
The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.
If you want to grow, you need to get over any fear you may have of making mistakes.
— John C. Maxwell
A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.
— B. F. Skinner
Getting over our fear of making mistakes is not easy, this is certainly not something that we can just get over overnight. This is a choice that we have to make every single day.
Every time you feel so scared of taking a step because you’re afraid of making a mistake, ask yourself, would you rather stay where you are now in life and avoid the chance of making a mistake?
Or would you rather move forward and take the first step to improve your life and change it for the better, regardless of the outcome knowing that by doing it you are also taking a step towards growth, change, and improvement?