40+FAB Blog

Fear of correction

At some point in life, we will get things wrong either for lack of knowledge or making a mistake on what we do know. When that happens, we will need correction to get back on the right course.

The problem is that so many times what was meant to be a correction turns out to be punitive rather than rehabilitative. I am sure you can remember enough scenarios from your childhood that caused you to dread making any mistakes for the fear of being disciplined for it.

Mistakes in life are inevitable and correction is non-negotiable if we are to attain anything worthwhile. There needs to be a conscious effort to expel the fear of correction from our minds. For those with children, it is imperative to distinguish correction from punishment so that they grow up with a healthy sense of the benefits of being corrected.