‘To err is human; to forgive, divine.’ – Alexander Pope
It is a fact that everyone makes mistakes. This is part of human nature. However, there are two kinds of mistakes. The first one is simply a mistake and the other kind of mistake is, a ‘mistake plus’. The first kind of mistake fails to give you anything. A mistake plus seems to be a mistake in the beginning, but in the end it becomes an experience of gain.
When one makes a mistake, there are two possible kinds of responses. The first response is to become regretful, and disheartened after every mistake. He will be a victim of stress. It is also possible that he may lose courage and be unable to do anything else again.
This is the negative aspect of making a mistake. However, there is also a positive aspect. That is, it encourages you to engage in introspection and self-reassessment. A positive mistake is bound to activate your mind. It will lead to brainstorming. In return, it will emerge as a natural gift for you. It will increase your creativity and produce a thinking process that may lead to the capacity for better re-appraisal of yourself and an increased ability to analyze things. A negative mistake becomes a positive mistake when it awakens your mind. It thus enables you to re-plan your life. A positive mistake makes a man a superman.
German psychologist Alfred Adler observed: “One of the wonder-filled characteristics of human beings is their power to turn a minus into plus.”
A mistake is an error or fault resulting from poor judgement. If you think positive, your mistake will motivate you to try to find out where you went wrong. This kind of rethinking will open up new possibilities for you. Thus, in an indirect way, the mistake will become a means to climb to new heights of success in life.
The condition for turning a negative mistake into a positive one is that, you should not take a mistake to be a full stop. Rather, one should consider a mistake as a comma.
Remember that in this world the quantum of mistakes is limited, but the quantum of achievements is unlimited.