Professionalism – The skill, good judgment, and polite behavior that is expected from a person who is trained to do a job well
Mistake – An error in action, opinion, or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge, etc.
Definitions provided by Webster’s Dictionary
Everyone makes mistakes. It is human nature to err on occasion. Mistakes are simply inevitable.
The least productive way to handle mistakes is to dwell on and replay them in your head while beating yourself up all along.
The most productive way to handle mistakes is to acknowledge and learn from them while growing and strengthening in character.
Mistakes occur in all facets of life, from personal situations to professional settings.
As you journey through life, be sure to carry with you one very important piece of advice:
“Don’t be afraid to make mistakes!”
A willingness to make and learn from mistakes is a sign of humility. It portrays a desire for personal growth and improvement. One who is not afraid to make mistakes is willing to accept feedback and constructive criticism from others.
As mentioned in previous posts, it is impossible to maintain a flawless existence on this Earth. It is not possible to entirely prevent negative thoughts from swimming our way, nor is it possible to produce perfect results. We cannot reach our objectives without enduring a few bumps and bruises along the way.
There are various reasons as to why people may be afraid to make mistakes:
- Fear of being judged by peers, possibly leading to damaged reputation
- Fear of failure, negatively impacting self-esteem and confidence
- Perfectionism quality put in check, leading to self-doubt and reevaluation of personal abilities and ultimate goals
These modes of thinking are common among people who are afraid to make mistakes. However, besides prevalence, these thoughts share one important theme:
They are irrational!
If you live your life in fear of making mistakes, you will be removed from your natural, most productive element. You will feel nervous, anxious, and vulnerable while working through tasks and objectives. Therefore, an intense fear of making mistakes may actually produce an increased number of mistakes!
You must possess the humility to expect mistakes from yourself, coupled with the confidence to know that your mistakes do not define your character. These attributes will yield your most favorable results and maximize your professionalism.
No matter what anyone says, you are allowed to make mistakes. Sure, some mistakes loom larger than others. However, there is ALWAYS a lesson to be learned, and always room for personal growth.
In the midst of this hectic journey which we call life, please don’t ever forget that it is okay to make mistakes. As imperfect human beings, we are expected to make mistakes.
It is okay to be human.