Managing Mistakes

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” ― Albert Einstein Few things in life waste more time and energy and—worst of all-- potential than the misguided way that many people naturally relate to their own mistakes. Often on the mat, the sheer horror that a student feels upon screwing up manifests itself in apologies, forehead slapping, teeth gnashing and even the occasional four-letter word (my own Shihan quickly cured me of that tendency with a 25 pushups-per-word toll). Focus is lost, momentum slowed and the mood suddenly soured as what should have been a minor hiccup in a person’s practice suddenly becomes a Big Thing. Like many of the things that we deal with

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