Do you ever have that feeling that you’re getting everything wrong?
You keep stuffing up at work, the cat’s gone missing, the pimple on your nose is angry and you’ve just cried in front of your colleagues.
All you want to do is become a Victorian-style hermit; live in a grotto, eat berries and develop your own language based on grunts and clicks.
And most importantly; not make any mistakes, ever again.
Or alternatively, you could channel that erroneous talent into something productive – like the creative process.
Creativity thrives on mistakes. Without it we would never learn, we would never discover new ways of thinking and doing. We would never see the world from a different perspective. We would never have our mind – or our life – changed for the better.
I know it’s hard to let go of control and give ourselves permission to experiment, particularly when we think the world is judging.
But consider the way that toddlers approach life. Their whole learning process is through trial and error. How many 1 year olds have given up on the whole walking thing because they fell down in the park in front of everyone and now they’re just too mortified to try again?
The trick is to understand why and how things happened, and then to build on that experience so that it becomes useful and informative.
So my challenge is to embrace the unexpected, enjoy the mess and fearlessly go back for more.