“Past performance is not an indicator of future success.” Anonymous
Phew! That’s a relief! What a dormant world we’d live in if that were not true. If we never attempted anything new because we were paralyzed by past mistakes nothing would ever improve. What if we still thought our very first crush was the “one” for our entire lives. It may have actually been true for some but for me that would mean that I would be married to the cute Asian boy named Anthony in my kindergarten class. (Come to think of it that may have been a better choice than many of my later relationships…hmm…No, I’m kidding…kind of).
Looking back now I realize that I’ve learned so much about myself thanks to all of my past “mistakes”. When you look at it from this angle you really can’t call anything a mistake. Let’s change the word “mistake” to “something-I’ve-done-that-taught-me-what-it-is-that-I-do-not-want-and-therefore-I-learned-what-it-is-that-I-do-want”. Ok, maybe that’s too long but we should always remember that the longer version is behind that word.
I can look back from where I stand today and see how I got here. I can see the steps I took that brought me to this point, and even though some of them felt like I was walking in mud up to my waist, I can finally be grateful for it all because the lessons learned are obvious now. Those times when I was surrounded by mud I had a hard time believing in the path ahead and that would only make it harder to move out of. The trick is to never look at your mistakes as failures but as valuable lessons that keep propelling you forward.
Tracy touched on this recently with her “Just Do It” post when she featured the Michael Jordon “Failure” Nike commercial. I hope you will find inspiration from these other famous “failures”.
Here’s to growth, regardless of how ugly it looks sometimes. Svaha!