Give Yourself a Break

Make any mistakes recently? It’s ok, so did I. One of the keys to empowering yourself is not to regret your mistakes. Mistakes happen all of the time. It is important to learn from them, and then they become a learning experience, and not mistakes.

Now, if you let your past mistakes hinder you from trying something for fear of making a mistake, then you’ve got a problem! When someone is about to try a yoga pose for the first time, or if they begin the pose with trepidation, I encourage them not to think. “Clear your head”, I’ll say; “don’t think; just try.” Change comes from trying something in the present moment, and not expecting any results. Stay open to possibility.

When I teach a yoga class, I reinforce the fact that perfecting the posture is not the point of a yoga practice. Yoga is meant to be an expansion of the Self, and a communion with the Divine. It is not important if your postures are perfect. It is important only that you try your very best every second of every day.

If you mess up, you mess up. Really, mistakes are just a part of life. No one is meant to be perfect all of the time. So give yourself a break. Be proud of all that you accomplish, and use your mistakes as learning experiences.

Want proof? Here are some inventions that happened because of mistakes:

  • Post-It Notes
  • Ice Cream Cones
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Velco
  • Silly Putty
  • The Slinky
  • The Frisbee

Now what can you do with your mistakes, today?

“Mistakes are the portals of discovery.” -James Joyce




Comments on: "Give Yourself a Break" (2)

  1. Love all the postings, but this one really struck a chord. I agree totally. It’s also along the lines of “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!” which is a great attitude. The focus is on the *doing* not the worrying and the anticipation over it. One day you’ll be teaching me yoga again, and I’ll do crow, but enough talk. 😉

    Sarah (aka Jessica Rabbit)

  2. […] When you try, you acknowledge your self-worth. With a positive attitude, even failing can become a path on which we become better people. […]

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