Did you see the Brené Brown #BrenéBrown “Call to Courage” video on Netflix? It’s about vulnerability, courage, and risk taking. When’s the last time you took a risk? How did it turn out?
I taught a workshop this week on learning from failure or failing forward. We talked about difficult situations that had unexpected benefits. I had plenty of examples. I thought getting divorced would be catastrophic, but I’m so much happier now. I’ve lost many jobs, but almost always landed in better ones. I’ve led projects that failed, but I learned lessons about leadership and how my attitude impacted the outcomes.
Now that I’m older, I can see that some of “my mistakes” came from passive-aggressive behavior when I was unhappy with someone or the organization. Too bad that I lacked the maturity to see what I was doing at the time.
Mistakes cause us to reflect. They give us feedback about our lives. We learn and grow…and become more mature. I hate to think where I would be now if I hadn’t taken some risks and made lots of mistakes.
My girlfriend just called to tell me that she’s worried because her daughter is moving to Los Angeles on her own; she’s leaving the college town she’s lived in since college graduation. L.A. is the perfect place for the young woman to pursue her career, but it also takes courage to leave friends and family behind. Her family may feel she’s making a mistake, but this is how she’ll grow and mature.
My girlfriend’s boyfriend plans to remodel is bathroom, but he’s afraid he’ll use the wrong tiles or paint color so he’s procrastinating. We all do this to some degree. We wait and wait for inspiration or certainty. I’m learning that if I make a mistake, I can usually fix it. It might take time and money, but it’s better than taking no action.
Where have you been procrastinating? Now is the time to move forward. If you need support, let me know.
Take a chance. I want to hear how it goes.