Last night my daughter was in tears as she recounted something that happened to her yesterday. I was wondering what could be so terrible that she would cry so hard. I went down the list…. Did you hurt someone? Did someone hurt you? Did you get a ticket? Did you get into an accident? Did you take some drugs? Did you yell at someone? Did someone else yell at you? Did you have a fight with your boyfriend? Did you drink and drive? On and on I went. She kept saying… no. no. no. She even laughed a couple times. Turns out what she was so upset about wasn’t that big a deal when put in perspective.
Aren’t we all like that though. We take a mistake we made and beat ourselves up over it. I know this is an old cliche, but it doesn’t hurt to remind ourselves.
Don’t beat yourself up, there are plenty of others who will do that for you
If you make a mistake, you are who you are. If you get taken advantage of, remember… Trick me once, shame on you, trick me twice, shame on me. If you make a mistake, just take the time to learn from it and don’t do it again. Or at least try not to.
Someone at work recently asked me how I remain so calm in tense situations. When I make a mistake I just ask myself… did someone die? Did the world end? Will I be homeless tomorrow because of what I did? Usually the answer is no. And life goes on. Learn not to beat yourself up over little things.
All the best!
All the time!