Life is all about reaching your goals and trying your best to achieve them, as I talked about on my 16th post -“Purpose of Life”. However, reaching any goal takes effort and hard work and you will make mistakes along the way, that behave like obstacles between your path to success. With these obstacles, people often stop and give up, there is this fear that holds them back from trying. However, it is quite cliché but it’s important to learn from your mistakes – and get over those obstacles. They give you an opportunity- Firstly accept the mistake, learn from the mistake and then try again, and it’s totally up to you if you want to ignore it or if you want to open the door to hope in getting even better. A goal can be as small as getting an A in a class test or as big as getting into one of the best universities across the world or even bigger, becoming the CEO of a huge company. Any goal, big or small, require hard work and there will always be obstacles before achieving them – (after all, difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations! ). When you make mistakes and learn to learn from them, you actually can figure out what works and what doesn’t which is such a great opportunity to bring you further and grow. On the other hand, if a person makes no mistakes at all (which is impossible because no one is perfect and you don’t go forward in life without learning! ), they are not experiencing and not taking a step forward in accomplishing a goal…learning to conquer your mistakes gets you a step closer to success. Let us take a really simple real life example (after all, philosophy is all about discovering things around us and relating it to real life).. So, for example, my sister once sang in front of a crowd in this huge party held at our house. It was one of the first times she actually sang in front of many people. However, It didn’t really go as well as she thought it would. (By the way she really enjoys singing and dreams of becoming a rockstar one day!). Now obviously it must not have felt great at all! But she had two options- never singing again in front of a crowd or figuring out what made her not sing to the best of abilities. Fortunately she realised that singing is one of the only things that interests her (turns out the crowd was the thing that made her nervous, meaning her goal was to sing in front of people without being nervous) ,and then she obviously sang more in front of people (after all, life begins at the end of your comfort zone!) and now, in fact a few weeks ago, she sang in a wedding and honestly it was the best she has ever sang before without getting really nervous . (Goal almost achieved !!)
This example shows to achieve a goal, you have to firstly realise the mistake or what went wrong and take ownership of it ,overcome the fear of failing at something when you make the mistake, learn from it and try again. When mistakes come along the way, you shouldn’t shy away from it – in fact because of all the hardwork and strugles you will do better in the future. (After all, Alice did have to fall before entering Wonderland!).
Also, every goal achieved is a success in itself, regardless if it’s a big goal or a small goal, the point is that it’s something you couldn’t do earlier and could do now. As long as your goal sounds reasonable to you and you are commited to fulfil it, don’t let any obstacles hold you back from going on further and trying harder.
So let me end with a brilliant quote said by the brilliant Lilly Singh (Superwoman!!) :
“On the path to success, fear and discomfort are only speed bumps. Don’t make them dead ends.”