Confident mistakes

“Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.” Pope John Paul II

Are you confident enough to make a mistake? When you make a mistake do you own it and move forward or do you interrupt your rhythm to cast blame?

Legendary martial artist and movie star Bruce Lee stated, “Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” I believe that he is referring to admitting the mistake to yourself and continue moving forward.

When speaking in public, on the radio or live on camera a person is taught that if you make a mistake then don't acknowledge it, keep moving ahead with your dialogue. 

When speaking about her profession, renowned wedding photographer Summer Askins asserted, “If the shot doesn’t look perfect I’ll follow through with it, just to stay on course, it’s my way of staying confident and in control. I’ll seamlessly or mindfully change direction. A bride will see my confidence and they’ll be more confident in themselves. I just keep moving forward.”

Your confidence will determine if the mistake manifests into a problem or disappears without a thought or glance.

I recall a few years back watching a very famous basketball player give an interview after a tough loss. The player proceeded to use vulgar language, on live T.V., to describe his opinions of the referees and their officiating in that game. When he was reminded that he was on live television, he responded with a few more choice words.

A normal player may be reprimanded for this kind of language but he proceeded with such confidence and passion that he received very little negative backlash from the fans. His total confidence in himself made others have confidence in him as well.

In what area of your life or business could you improve on your confidence in adverse times?

Lean on this advice from best-selling author Jack Canfield, “People who ask confidently get more than those who are hesitant and uncertain. When you’ve figured out what you want to ask for, do it with certainty, boldness and confidence. Don’t be shy or feel intimidated by the experience. You may face some unexpected criticism, but be prepared for it with confidence.”