Today I was just speaking to someone that mentioned to me how difficult it was to continued doing the same mistakes over and over again at work and how this was impeding growth. Suddenly I realised that this person did not realise she had one of the most important instruments to personal growth: Self awareness.
In my view, self awareness is the ability to pragmatically see our mistakes for what they are, they are not permanent limitations that we need to live with, a mistake creates a temporary state of imbalance that also creates an opportunity for self reflection and improvement.
If we allow others see their mistakes as an opportunity not a stain or a defect, we will give them space to change and become better.
By treating others with this level of kindness and patience, maybe we will start treating ourselves the same way and become better people and professionals in the process.