A New Year To Welcome Mistakes
I came across this saying below which I find inspiring:
If you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing. Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
This was written by Neil Gaiman
I used to worry about mistakes all the time. But mistakes can be positive and, as this passage suggests, at least you are doing something and striving towards something – whether you get it right the first time or not.
This brings me onto a book I was told about a few years ago ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’, which was authored by Susan Jeffers. This is a great book that certainly helped to change the way I thought about things and helped me to get on and do it. Susan Jeffers was an interesting lady and it’s well worth taking the time to read more about her and her books if you get chance.
It can be easy to talk about setting goals and taking on challenges, but it is certainly much harder to actually put those into action. So, to help you along the way I thought I would share a few of my achievements of last year. Some are bigger than others but they are all part of ensuring that life is fun and varied:
- Celebrated a year with Lushington. Great achievement for me by way of leaving a job of 17 years to find something new that inspired me. I now have a wonderful job that I am incredibly passionate about and I get the opportunity to work with amazing people every day.
- Designing and decorating cakes. This is something I love to do in my spare time and I enjoy always pushing forward to see what I can achieve with my creativity.
- Motorway driving. I know this is easy for some but when you are not used to driving on motorways they can seem quite scary. I decided to drive the return journey home from Dorset to Eastbourne and found it OK, apart from my husband telling me I didn’t have to overtake everything!
- Singing. I never thought I would see my name as one of the vocals on a CD. At Lushington Chiropractic Clinic, Dr James Revell (Doctor of Chiropractic, not medical) gave us a wonderful opportunity to write and record a clinic song (link to come shortly). It’s safe to say that we all had great fun with the singing lessons and recording at CMP studios.
I certainly feel that I have moved forwards in the last 12 months and I intend to set myself new challenges over the next 12 months. It doesn’t really matter what your timeframe – be it a month or five years – the important thing is that you don’t simply stand still and stop being open to making new mistakes.
If you plan on trying new things over the coming months or wish to share some of the achievements you have experienced in the previous year, please do share your thoughts in the comments section below. And remember that you can also join the conversation on Facebook.
Clinic Assistant Claire