Day 6 – Be Thankful for Your Mistakes

Be thankful for your mistakes. 

They will teach you valuable lessons. 

The most valuable lessons I’ve learned in life, I have learned from making my own mistakes. Of course it’s nice when I can learn from someone else’s mistakes and not repeat them myself, but it doesn’t quite sink into my brain the same way as messing something up on my own.

The best part of making mistakes is getting the opportunity to continue moving, learning and growing. Thomas Edison taught us that failing is actually a part of succeeding.

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. ― Thomas A. Edison


Sometimes the fear of making mistakes or failing can hold us back in a monumental way.

What’s the worst thing that can happen in any situation?

This is the question I try to ask myself whenever fear keeps me from acting. If I allow fear to rule my actions then I would never get to where I’m going. The truth is most of the time the worst case scenario never happens and my overactive imagination can make me think things are worst than they are. Last night during our Conquer Summit session with Tahani Aburaneh we discussed our goals and the following self reflection questions:

What scares you the most about taking the leap to follow your dreams?

What is the worst case scenario if it doesn’t work out?

What is keeping you stuck and holding you back?

Overwhelming the biggest thing that holds people back is the fear of failure.

I have found that when I actively choose to approach situations with the mindset that I plan on making mistakes and failing before I succeed, my shortcomings are never as bad as I imagine. More often than not I end up surprising myself because I take that initial chance to fail and then when I do make mistakes I pick myself back up and try my best to learn the precious lessons within them.


Gratitude Prompts

Have you learned a valuable lesson recently from making a mistake?

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Day 1 – Be Thankful for What You Don’t Have

Day 2 – Be Thankful for Lacking Knowledge

Day 3 – Be Thankful for Difficult Times 

Day 4 – Be Thankful for your Limitations

Day 5 – Be Thankful for Each New Challenge

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