Our mistakes do not limit us, our fears do.

Welcome to the New Year and may you have a blessed and prosperous year ahead of you. As we try and achieve or follow our new year’s resolutions, we will find that later on this year that we were never able to achieve our aims.

This might be because of whole lot of reasons. Amongst those reasons you will find that we were afraid to make mistakes, therefore limiting ourselves to succeed.

We think that our imperfections limit us but it is actually our fears. Fear can speak so loudly that you just have to tell it to “be quiet”. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes”. Do not be afraid of making mistakes. Step out. Fly. Even if you get burned, you can fall back to earth and start again.

We all make them, the difference is what we do after we make the mistake, how we see the mistake – a learning experience or a failure. Good people make mistakes and hurt others – then they learn from their mistakes and TRY not to make them again.

Because modern life offers many possibilities, we may fear making a wrong choice. Listen to your heart, and consult your body and your head. Then, act, experiment, take a step, learn, discover, grow.

You can enjoy even the mistakes; they are part of the game. All you can do is act with your best intentions, recognizing you cannot control the results.

If you want to grow, you need to get over any fear you may have of making mistakes. Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent.

Life has a lot offer and is too short. Make hay while the sun shines. Live life of no regrets. Do not tell yourself that you are not good, you are not good looking, you are too soft, you are too shy, you are too ashamed, you are too fearful or do not have money. Every experience, good or bad, teaches you something. Go out there and conquer the world.

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Until next week Tuesday, bye-bye for now.

Yours Truly
Tshepo Ishmael Phetoane