The biggest mistake an athlete can make is to be afraid to make one. – L. Ron Hubbard

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Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. – John Wooden

 

Are you one of those who believe that being ‘right’ is the secret of success? Do you hold back from doing something because you fear you may be wrong? Have you ever experienced a twinge of regret that you did not take the risk which worked out so well for another?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to any one of these questions, then you must continue to read this.

Mistakes are feared because we have been conditioned to believe that perfection is the road to success and happiness. This obsession with perfection has caused breakdowns, collapses, depression, suicide and enraged murder. Teenagers feel belittled every time they slip up, youngsters are terrified of reprimand, and adults prefer to compromise with mediocrity rather than risk mistakes.

Each time we have erred, we are sure that tongues wag behind our backs, that jeers are directed our way, and that, all in all, we are labeled ‘failure’. This deep fear in adults is transmitted to children, whose ability to make choices appropriate for them, is stifled at the slightest danger of a mistake. Through our words, we teach them that ‘a mistake is a stepping stone to success’, but by precept we ensure that they believe that the only choice is the ‘right’ one – or else there is punishment and chastisement. This effectively removes from them the joy of discovery and attainment, as they are consistently burdened by the fear of failure. Continue reading “Make A Mistake, And Win”

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