“I’m a human who is learning something new”
Life always gives us something new to learn.
For you, maybe it’s speaking English.
For me, it’s technology.
I’ve never had a blog before. The first time I tried to load images on WordPress, it didn’t go well. I didn’t know how to do it. I felt stupid and annoyed. I almost threw my laptop out the window!
I made a lot of mistakes, asked for my friend’s help and watched a YouTube video, and in the end, I learned how to do it.
I also have a Twitter account now, and a Facebook page. I’m still learning how to use those too.
Plus, I film videos. Of myself. Speaking. Eek!
If you’ve seen any of these videos, you will see that they’re not perfect. I film them then I load them. I write down my main idea but I don’t follow a script. Or practice.
Because I have a choice every time I make these videos.
A) edit and edit and edit until it is ‘perfect’
or B) film it and load it
It’s difficult, but I always choose B. Because I want you to know that it’s OK to not be ‘perfect.’ It’s OK to make mistakes.
In fact, I want you to make mistakes. Because when we make mistakes, it means we’re trying something new. It means we’re growing. It means we’re learning.
Your mistakes are there to teach you. Yes, they can be painful and embarrassing, but this is an exercise of focus. Either you have done something wrong. Or you see something you can learn from.
So next time you make a mistake, say: ‘It’s ok, I’m a human who is learning something new.’ I say this a lot. It helps me relax. It helps me see what I have learned, not how I have failed.