Potential Threats, Habit of Negligence and Directions to Perfection

What is a “Mistake”?

Mistake is an unintended outcome of an act or decision OR errors in actions or misjudgment lead to unwanted consequence is a mistake.

When an action or decision converts to Mistake?

At the time of actions or decisions no one wish to do mistake. At the time of actions or decisions, the mistake might not be realized and goes in the background and subsequently either it is exposed (identified) or remains silent (unidentified). Hence, if a mistake is committed, it remains A POTENTIAL THREAT until it is realized or identified.

When Mistake becomes “Habit of Negligence”?

Because Mistake is an unintended outcome, it should not be considered as Blunder or Guilt. After an act or judgment is realized as Mistake, all efforts must be done to avoid reoccurrence of same. On the other hand, if a Mistake is repeated frequently, it means it is Habit of Negligence, in order words it is Blunder and Guilt.

In short, Mistake after its’ realization gives us a chance to learn but frequent repetition of same Mistake shows one’s concentration and seriousness about the subject.

Mistake – as Potential Threat

Mistake is a potential threat until it is exposed and realized. It is a habit of negligence if repeated after it is exposed & realized.

Mistake – as Direction to Perfection

Mistakes are human acts to learn Perfection. We make mistakes in everyday life but it is a challenge for us to prevent mistakes. Mistakes teach us powerful lessons to overcome shortcomings. Mistakes teach us means to achieve what really we want. Mistakes also disclose our fallibility and its’ corrective measures.

Mistakes wake us up and focus our attention like a flashing sign that says "fix this". Working on possible solutions, redefining what we want or expect, or re-examining our goals can lead us to more clarity about our path.

Big mistakes often start as small errors. Over time, tiny choices that run counter to our values or goals can accumulate into breakdowns. Even our smallest choices have power, so it is important we pay attention to the integrity of the choices we make every day. Mistakes can be a signal that our judgements and our actions are miss-aligned. In that case, we can re-examine our intentions, reconsider our commitments, and adjust our actions.

Sometimes our instinctive reaction to a mistake is to shift blame elsewhere: "It's not my fault." "You never told me about that," Or the classic "I don't see how this has anything to do with me." It is more empowering to look for our role in the mistake. Taking responsibility for a failure may not be fun. But the act of doing so points out what we can do differently next time. Investigating our role reminds us that our choices and our actions have a huge influence on the quality of our lives.

Many people, when faced with a big mistake, begin to pull back--to retreat. Instead, we can use the failure as evidence that we are growing, risking, and stretching to meet our potential. Mistakes help us to remember that we are not content to play it safe. That we understand that without risk there is sometimes no reward.

As parents we can teach our children that it is OK to fail because we are willing to let them see our failures and mistakes. This gives us opportunities to talk through what we could or would have done differently. Most of us have a long history of putting ourselves down when we blow it. But it's a self-defeating habit we must break so that we can start appreciating ourselves, mistakes and all.

So embrace failures, mistakes, screw ups and shortcomings because they not only make us uniquely who we are, but also teach us powerful lessons


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