…Making Your Life Count with Dr. Humphrey Mutiti
We need to address the elephant in the room – mistakes. They are so common, yet there’s an enormous stigma affixed to them. Everyone, even your favourite friend, has made a mistake at some point in their life. So why do we detest them so much, and what are the benefits?
It is inevitable to make mistakes, largely at work or in ministry. We’re repeatedly working so hard trying to impress everyone, but this enhances the likelihood of errors occurring. Most mistakes are made when we’re rushing, multi-tasking or lacking motivation and passion.
Maybe you erased a document accidentally or sent an email or text to the wrong recipient. Did you worry that you’d be fired afterwards?
Commonly speaking, it seems that we are scared of errors, which is often an aspect of perfectionists and it’s amplified in the workplace.
Learning from Mistakes
Often finding a solution is down to trial and error – but you won’t learn until you try and just do it. Alexander Fleming (founder of Penicillin) accidentally excavated the properties of the antibiotic when examining the bacteria in a petri-dish left from a forgotten experiment.
This led to a massive breakthrough in medicine, as well as in his career. Mistakes have prospective use. We can learn from our failures and alter them for future proposals. You will be readily able to draw on previous faults so that you can problem-solve with better agility.
Teaching Strength and Courage.
Making mistakes is empowering and makes us stronger. By conceding where you went wrong and owning it, you feel less susceptible to error. This develops our sense of self-worth and confidence, which is integral for leadership roles in the workplace. It’s also wishful thinking to believe you will move forwards in your career without setbacks. Thus, it’s good practice!
Avoiding Repeating Errors.
The first time you do something wrong, often means you’re less likely to do it again. This helps you build up a repertoire of mistakes so that you can avoid feeling embarrassed or worried again. It’s like passing stages in a video game that allows you to progress to the next one. This is why the interviewing process can be so extensive; employers can spot the best traits in candidates. In turn, candidates will be able to give more authentic answers to questions if they incorrectly answer.
Often when we answer a question or guess something incorrectly, we are more likely to remember the correct answer next time. Due to the negative attachment to getting something wrong, we want to avoid failure the next time, and therefore it becomes rooted in our long-term memory.
Take More Risks
Mistakes open us up to taking positive risks. This is because you overcome the fear of apprehension, which is often greater than the reality and is accompanied by a sense of relief. Thus, it emboldens us to think outside the box. So why not test the waters next time? Your suggestions could lead to a promotion or a profit that’s crucial to your business or career.
Re-evaluate Goals and Priorities
You need to comprehend why you made a mistake. Doing this will help you make modifications that prevent it from happening again and are more in line with your goals. For instance, you missed your alarm and were late to work. So maybe you need to make some lifestyle changes to improve your body-clock and sleep patterns. Mistakes also lead to refining more passion and motivation to achieve dreams for yourself instead of others. It’s often more mentally rewarding to push through so that you can map out and achieve your goals. The hurdles make success more worthy in the long-term.
Changing Mindset and Thinking
Moving on from mistakes widens your mind and allows you to see the bigger picture instead of minute details. Rather than narrow down on the negatives, you should put it into perspective. It builds resilience and tools to overcome life’s imperfections. This is essential to adapt to your role, become more intelligent and discover new ways to move up the ladder.
In closing, Mistakes are stepping stones that not only teach us about ourselves but also help us to become successful. It’s often these mistakes and setbacks that actually encourage us to take leaps of faith to boost our business, ministry and our careers. Mistakes might make you feel miserable and embarrassed.
Nonetheless, pain is often the prerequisite to success. Thus, this is why we should embrace mistakes.
Dr. Humphrey Mutiti is a Pastor, conference speaker, instructor, and a lecturer at Great Commission Theological Institute, an author of several books, has a Ph.D. Doctorate in Theology, a Ph.D. Doctorate in Ministry and a student in the School of law.
Facebook page: Dr. Humphrey Mutiti, email: mutitihumphrey@gmail, WhatsApp: +27712231321


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