I believe that learning from our mistakes is pivotal to our success, but that without mistakes we cannot grow spiritually or understand what it is to succeed.
I also believe that when anyone gives us feedback, we can learn from our mistakes. Feedback shouldn’t be classified as failure for us not being successful in the first place. It should be used as an opportunity for us to seek to change, so that we may succeed.
When we don’t succeed the first time, it doesn’t mean we haven’t been successful, we cannot measure success that way. All it means is that we need a different approach to going further. Accepting a challenge is success, because the challenge itself has brought us to a different place, more than if we chose not to have a go.
Not walking away with first prize doesn’t mean we’ve failed. I believe that we learn less from our stories of success than we do from our mistakes. If we are successful, we never stop to question that success; we just take it for granted that we achieved it and the chapter gets closed. What we should be doing is recognising that success; look at how we got to be successful, so that we have the potential to create even more success stories.
It would be wrong to think that because we have success in one area of our life that other areas will be just as successful. If only life was that easy. We will grow and learn to be successful, when we work through the basics of how we got there. We need to experiment; we need to take risks and try out new things.
The things that we think will help us achieve success. We also need to hear what I would call constructive criticism so that we allow ourselves to gain an insight into how we can be successful. Many of us continue to see feedback as a criticism of us, but I believe we need to separate the two issues.
Feedback solely allows us to think about what we’re doing so that we get to change the outcome and find success second time around.