While it is important to be cautious and think things through, it is also important to know that it's OK to make a mistake.
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Think back to when you were in school. Say that you were in Maths and you were doing some calculations when you realise that you'd done it wrong. What happened? If you had a decent teacher they would have sat down with you and helped you work it out and you would have learnt from that mistake.
The majority of the time, when faced with a crossroads in your life, if you choose a path and it doesn't work out, you can go back and try again. The difference is that you go back to that crossroads a lot wiser then you were before.
Mistakes are good for us, they help us to grow as people and to re-evaluate our lives, they teach us how to take responsibility as well as to prioritise what we want from life.
As I've mentioned before, life is one great big risk. There are no guarantees, no retakes, all you have is one shot at it. You are bound to mess up once in a while! The important thing is that you learn from those times to prepare yourself for the next decision you may have to make.
Mistakes do not mean the end of the world, sometimes making a 'mistake' can be one of the best things that you ever do. Did you know that Penicillin was created by mistake? How about the pacemaker? You can see more examples here.
So the next time you make a mistake, don't beat yourself up over it- learn from it and take the lesson you learnt to the next decision that you have to make.
What was the best mistake you ever made? What did it teach you? Think about it and let me know!