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Why Do We Fear Making Mistakes?

by Barbara MacDonald (writer), CANADA , June 27, 2014

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A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. George Bernard Shaw Read more at http://www
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A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. George Bernard Shaw

"A life without mistakes is lived without joy."

Most of us fear mistakes more then anything. Mistakes bring on ridicule in some cases. But then you have to look at the source of that ridicule and determine if they have any right to be judging you, and what their own issues may be. Mistakes expose the frail, unsure insecure person we can be. You really need to examine where this type of thinking is coming from. Somewhere along the line, someone has hurt you, and you have allowed them, in some ways, to take away your personal power. You can, and need to take it back.

Do you know anyone who has lived a 'mistake proof life'? Perhaps if they were to hibernate and not be "living", this may be possible. But at what cost? Have you really even lived in this scenario?

The fear of making mistakes can hold you back from doing many things you dream of doing. Ultimately too many joys go undiscovered. Regrets smother you, and you become even more fearful. It's a vicious cycle.

Remember no one is above or better than you. They have walked their own path , and most likely made many mistakes along the way. So, go for it, and stop worrying about making a mistake or two. In the end at least you can say you tried and not always wonder "what if ".

Copyright © 2012 Barbara MacDonald


"I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or
catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit."

Dawn Markova



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Barbara MacDonald is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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By Barbara MacDonald on June 28, 2014 at 11:21 am

Thank you S. Vaughan for the review...hope all is well with you...: )

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By riginal on June 29, 2014 at 02:58 am

i fear you're right Barb,but as long as my teddy is wearing his 'no fear' suit and my backup nite light is ready for backup the darkest fear will never enter my thoughts...assuming i continue to be absent of them. A famous shrink used to ask famous people what they feared most when they woke at 2am in the morning when the unprepared mindset is probably undressed, at its most vunerable.He received some startling answers. As you rightly allude the biggest fear hurdle we are afraid to jump is the one we create for ourselves by the human err of creating a problem which in effect more than likely won't happen but presents as a sort of 'easy out' exit i think we've all faced, specially when fearful well meaning family whom can't see past their's try to unload same on your ambitions hopes and dreams. Possibly they are afraid you'll succeed? That in effect would leave them holding their unwanted 'fear' baby maybe? Your mind unmade up can cause many a hesitation and he/she who hesitates is lost as you say...embraced by a family of fears and regrets.Nice one girl,i must go for i fear i'll burn my tea which may be a good thing.As "nothing eaten"...nothing pains. Cheers :>)

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By Barbara MacDonald on June 29, 2014 at 04:23 pm

Thank you Riginal...I find it interesting that family, who are suppose to be the ones to encourage you, often do the opposite. I kind of think in life you have to face the fear, but do it anyways..at least in some situations. Fear also can be your instinct telling you not to do something and we need to pay attention to it...why does life have to be so complicated? I just in the end you have to trust your own judgement .

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By Barbara MacDonald on June 29, 2014 at 05:33 pm

* I guess in the end, you have to trust your own judgement.

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By HomeRearedChef on July 21, 2014 at 08:35 pm

Though I hate to admit it, (and do so very much wish I had not made many of the mistakes I've made in my life...), mistakes in my life led me to where I am today; it prepared me to better live the life I live today. A very good thing! :)

Awesome post, amiga.

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By Barbara MacDonald on July 22, 2014 at 09:39 am

I too own up, I certainly made my share of mistakes over the years....but within those mistakes were life-lessons, so there was a reason beyond what we knew. Maybe it is a parodox of life that we often have to learn the "hard way"...I think I have gotten a bit better with time....as I am sure you too have mi amiga....thank you for your kind review also... xoxo

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