The stress of seeking perfection
If you ask anyone to tell you 3 of their weaknesses, they will do so with much less reservation than if they were to tell you 3 of their strengths. We tend to see ourselves through negative lenses because in the positive aspects of our lives there is no work do be done - no bettering to be accomplished.
Likewise, we tend to undermine our successes and make big deals out of our failures because we don’t learn anything from our wins. When you succeed, there is no stepping out of your comfort zone, no personal internal growth whatsoever.
When do we learn?
You fail – you learn. It is that simple. You can’t succeed unless you’ve failed. Instead of bringing yourself down when the goal you had wasn’t accomplished, learn to analyze the experience and why it didn’t work out, and then next time try again. Avoid mistakes, but don’t fear them – face them. It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It only matters that you get up again, learn from your mistakes and not repeat them.
Courage is the key
You never know what sits around the corner and everything truly happens for a reason. Maybe your mistake had to happen so next time when you play in the big ring you will know what to do. Maybe you didn’t get your dream job because life has something better in store for you. You just need to be courageous enough to keep going. The quote by Winston Churchill that you should refer to daily because its core is in everything that we do is that “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” So therefore, let’s get up and make today and every day count!