Yesterday, I made a mistake in an email to 3,430 people. Oops!
In the weekly dose of inspiration I wrote, “This world isn’t planning to slow down anything soon – it just gets getting faster and busier“. Oy.
When I spotted the mistake (after the email had been sent out) I froze and started beating myself up. “How could I have missed that?” “Now people are gonna think I’m sloppy” etc. You know the story.
But, then it hit me: I was just having a human moment. That’s all. As humans, we do mistakes, say the wrong things and make typos. And that’s the pretty awesome thing about us humans, isn’t it? All of our perfect imperfections.
Then something else hit me: When we make mistakes we also allow others to do the same. Often, we’re so afraid of trying new things and embarking on endeavors because of the fact that we can fail, make mistakes and stumble and fall in front of others.
So when you make mistakes you actually do others a favor. You create space for them to spread their wings and to be beginners at something. You reveal the human side of yourself (like we didn’t already know that about you!) and you connect with others on a deeper level. You tell their fears that it’s OK for them to exist and to come out of the closet if they desire. (So, about my little typo: You’re welcome!)
Instead of blaming, I think we should honor ourselves when making mistakes.
Honor that we’re trying for something. Honor that we’re moving forward and are daring to be vulnerable. Honor that we’re approving for others, who might be scared of moving forward, to also make mistakes.
We’re all in this together.
Photo cred: Sofie Stenmark, Model: Victoria Carlsson