February 28, 2013

Is your self-esteem based on always being right?

To admit I have been in the wrong is but saying that I am wiser today than I was yesterday. ~Allan Picket

Is your self-esteem based on always being right? It may be if every error or misjudgment makes you terrible embarrassed or angry. If this is the case, a little attitude alteration may be just what you need to get back on track.

Depending on our attitude, being in the wrong may be seen as a chance to learn~an invitation to wisdom. Everyone makes mistakes. The question isn't whether or not we do, but how we handle it. If we use every mistake as a chance to get down on ourselves, our mistakes can teach us nothing. And every mistake thereafter will not serve as an opportunity to learn, either.

Think how different it would feel to simply acknowledge the error, pull up our socks, and forgive ourselves! Then, in the absence of all that disproportionate emotion, we could learn from the mistake. Perhaps in spite of the momentary embarrassment, we would find it was well worth the tumble.

When I exchange my mistakes for wisdom, I'm making a good trade. 

H/T: Believing In Myself

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