We are all experiential learners. Do you remember learning to walk? We started by learning to crawl first (usually). As we shift from crawling to standing upright with support, to gradually hobbling and walking, we fall down quite a bit. Most babies experience a lot of crying and frustration as we seek uprightness. Mistakes and misjudgments in balance are how we find our feet and align our spine.
When mistakes are allowed, the environment becomes supportive and friendly. I once had a ballroom dance teacher in college who called mistakes creative moments. He would sincerely celebrate when someone stepped out of rhythm or messed up their dance steps. This way there was no shame in the learning process for everyone.
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