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Every day offers a chance to learn something new


Remember, rarely does anyone get it right the first time!

We may have heard the term 'Every Day is a school day,' reminding us that every day is a chance to learn something new. 

However, not everyone has positive memories of school, so this phrase, rather than inspiring us to try something different, have us running in the opposite direction with memories of…… THE RED PEN!

It does not matter what colour of pen or another tool is used to highlight where we have not passed; we do not like knowing we have made a mistake. However, if we do not know we made a mistake, how do we learn to correct it? 

Remember, we all make mistakes. It's how we learn.

"I haven't failed -- I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." 

Thomas Edison Inventor of the Light Bulb

 If we worry about making mistakes and being embarrassed or told off from an early age, then as an adult, we may unconsciously steer away from other learning opportunities for fear we fail. 

Most people, even people perceived as successful, fear failure. Maybe they do not let their fear get in the road of trying again.

There can be reasons for us fearing failure, ranging from unkind words when we were children, or trying something, and it did not work out, and we were embarrassed, or not wanting to let people down, and so much more.

However, if we are to learn, we will fail. 

If we did not, that would mean we knew it all, so we did not need to learn it in the first place! We need to reframe how we approach learning, think about failing, and realise NO ONE GETS IT RIGHT FIRST TIME OR ALL THE TIME! Unless, of course, they never try anything new ever!

Life is full of opportunities to gain experience and learn something new, and yes, embarking on learning does involve risk. 

However, we need to remember the reward of achieving what we set out to learn. This can be from baking bread to going back to education, retraining for a new job, trying a new hobby, finding out about how to self-manage a long-term health condition, and so much more.

This wee piece is wellbeing promotion, not mental ill-health intervention. If you are struggling with any mental illness, which heightens your distress at the fear of failing, speak to a health professional and return to this later.

It is so important we are kind to ourselves when we do not get it right the first time and seek to learn from the experience and not give up. If we have a trusted critical friend or teacher who offers feedback on why maybe it did not go as planned, this may help us see this as support, not criticism.

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." 

Albert Einstein

Remember, regret can have a more significant impact on us than failure, regret we did not achieve our goal as we gave up.

We are in a strange new world since COVID19, and we are all needing to learn new ways of being in the world, which is good for us, our family, community, and our country's wellbeing. We may even find we need to explore new career opportunities and find new ways to support our children. 

Learning offers us the chance to acquire so many new tools that we can use in our lives, do not let fear of failure get in the way of the road to success. 

We hope the affirmation cards shared in this piece offer something to inspire you to try something new today. 

Close your eyes and move through the cards. Pick one at random and think about what it is saying to you. If this does not say much, pick another. Use as often as you like. 

Sometimes, getting to where we want takes effort, but that work is worth it if it matters to you, your family, your community, and your well-being. 

Remember also there are places where we can seek support to learn. 

Check out reputable online courses, colleges near you, community groups. We can also learn from each other as we all have skills, and remembering what we have learned already may help build our confidence to believe in what we can learn today, tomorrow and every day. 

Please do not see learning as a chore but something which captures your interest and attention. 

What do you want to study today? 

Please feel free to use the wee affirmation cards designed with people across different generations to inspire each other.

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