When trying out a new hobby, interviewing for a different job position or putting yourself out there to meet a new friend, there's something that tends to hold people back: the fear of messing up. But why are we so concerned about making a mistake before we've even started? Mistakes are what help us learn to be our best selves. We tend to look at mistakes as a negative thing, but the truth is, they're very necessary in guiding us through our lives. So why should we be afraid to make them?
This universal fear exists in the back of our mind, constantly telling us that we can't do something. But what if we stopped listening to that voice of negativity and focused on the things that we can do? Go forward with confidence when it comes to chasing your goals or trying something new, and while you do, keep this quote in mind:
"The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one." -? Elbert Hubbard
Each mistake that you make leads you that much closer to success. More often than not, you'll regret the things that you didn't try rather than the things that you did. Just look at the number of successful people in the world and the amount of times that they failed at one point in their life. For example, Oprah Winfrey was actually fired from her first television job. Had she stopped there, afraid to make another mistake, she wouldn't have become one of the most influential women in the world.
Instead of thinking about the things that could go wrong, ask yourself what can go right. Don't strike out before you've even step up to bat.
Kelley D. Hamilton