How to Make a Mistake and Not Freak Out

How to Make a Mistake and Not Freak Out

Making mistakes is a normal part of life. We all do it. No matter how careful or mindful we try to be, we mess up. We forget, we space out, we lash out. We make mistakes. It’s totally human. Yet many of us are incredibly critical when we make mistakes. We judge, name call, and harp on our error. We beat ourselves up with should statements and “what is wrong with me” questions.



I’ve found that most of us react harshly to our mistakes as a way to snap ourselves back into shape, to somehow “get it together.” It’s as if we think beating ourselves up will keep us from making the same mistake again. I don’t know about you, but nothing motivates me like hearing “You idiot, what were you thinking? Totally motivating, right? Ha. Hardly.


Next time you make a mistake, try this instead. “I made a mistake; I’m human.”


Yep, that’s it. Pretty simple, huh? This mantra, while short and sweet, is powerful. By acknowledging the mistake, it taps into mindfulness, and by stating that you’re human, you remember that you are not alone. You are not defective, or stupid, or clumsy. You are a human.


Part of being a human involves messing up and dropping the ball. No human on Earth is exempt or immune from this. And that includes you and me.


Embracing the phrase, “I made a mistake; I’m human,” is a way to redirect your thoughts from critical to compassionate. And you most certainty deserve that.


PS: If this post hit home, check out this one to discover the dangerous word you’re using more than you think.

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