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Looking for better Worklife Balance, feel in control and be able to prioritize. Get a spring in your step and do the things you want to do.

Remember it is okay to make mistakes, mistakes offer is a learning experience. This is the reason why employers are looking for experienced people as they want to capitalise on the investment another employer committed to their employees in terms of time, money, training and development.

I have long been an avid fan of Jim Dyson, the inventor whose products include the blade hand drier and of course, the innovative vacuum cleaner. Dyson abhorred the idea of taking on hugely experienced people, as he believed that their thinking was set in concrete with regard to how they approached work. He much preferred to take on young graduates and mould them to think for themselves which led to empowerment, creativity and innovation which were the cornerstones of his business empire.

Jim Dyson created an environment that generally accepted that making a mistake was OK. It is true to say after all, that making a mistake is how we truly learn and advance in developments. As Edison once said after inventing the light bulb, “I invented 1000 ways that did not work.”

Making a mistake can really get people down, and humans can be very tough on themselves which can impact their mindset, physical wellbeing, work and relationships. I often forget this and sometimes before I start work I will often make a contract with myself and with someone else that I am working with the concept that mistakes are okay. This immediately takes the pressure off both parties. Imagine an environment in which you worked that had to be 100% perfect all of the time; you would be destined to fail. The reality of human nature is that we are human beings not human doings so inevitably we will falter.

What would your life or work environment be like if making mistakes every now and then was seen as a valuable learning experience?

The truth of the matter is, making a mistake is really a case of perception. In most cases making a mistake is perceived in negative terms . “Oh no, I made a mistake” or “Not again” you might hear people say. What if we were to perceive the mistakes we made as something else, something which would positively impact on our lives? Imagine if we were to perceive mistakes as valuable learning experiences, would making a mistake be taken in the same light? Remember the word itself is derived from two words “miss” and “take”. Separate these words and the meaning is that you missed your take, implying you could take another go. By taking another go you can learn from the first take and improve. What a wonderful realisation it would be if we have the opportunity to take another go without pressure. Surely that would lead people to flourish and thrive in the most challenging of situations.

Once we make a shift in our perception, a wonderful realisation can occur which will lead to a hugely positive experience when we are learning and having another go at gaining a positive outcome. Imagine what the future would hold in store for you if you let go of your negative and toxic associations and fears around the word “mistake”. Sometimes these negative and toxic associations are developed from others’ association about how they perceive mistakes. This can come from multiple sources re-enforcing the negative connotation attached to the word mistake: from home, school, work life or social situations. Equally, one traumatic experience of a combination of stacked experiences can lead to having a negative impact on your mindset, physical wellbeing, method of working/studying or relationships.

Imagine what life would be life if you could release yourself from these self imposed shackles that you have sub-consciously chosen to be your perception. By awakening to the possibility that you do have a choice when it comes to perceiving challenges, you open up the possibility of having a positive future self. With this awakening comes true power of self, enabling you to live a life of fulfilment and contentment, whatever that uniquely means to you. By taking control of your perceptions, you can learn from life’s challenges while being confident, resourceful, resilient and humble.