If you are a perfectionist—and if you are fretting enough about past mistakes to be reading this blog, you probably are—you could very well be beating yourself up needlessly. Here’s the good news: no human so far (save Jesus?) has ever hit the grave without messing up. It’s part of the human condition. According to Alina Tugent, author of Better By Mistake, we need to remind ourselves that perfection is a myth.
"It’s not easy in a culture that prizes the concept of effortlessness, success and results over the process. But we need to constantly remind ourselves that every time we take a risk, move out of our comfort zone and try something new, we’re opening ourselves up to potentially making more mistakes. The greater the risks and challenges we take on, the greater the likelihood that we’ll mess up somewhere along the way — but also the greater the likelihood that we’ll discover something new and get the deep satisfaction that comes from accomplishment."