Overcoming my fear of making mistakes transformed my life
I used to tip toe my entire life, whether in the office at work or in my relationships. I was constantly worried about messing up or offending someone.
Now, I'm using this strategy that has 100% changed my life for the better: naming, reframing, and acting.
First, I name my fears. It helps diffuse them and get more clarity about what I'm actually feeling. I focus on the reality of the situation rather than letting my thoughts run free.
Second, I reframe them. Instead of defaulting to the "end of the world" scenario, I reexamine their context and try to understand all the factors that are making me fearful.
Third, I act. I stop tiptoeing and I take the actions I can take, because that's what I can control. If I've made a mistake, I don't beat myself up but work to improve. I let what I can't control go and find peace knowing I've done what I can.
What have you done to overcome your fear of making mistakes? How do you deal with mistakes once you've made them?