Today's SEP assignment is to write about how we feel when we make mistakes. Oh boy, that's a hot-button issue for me. I am a translator and anyone who knows about the language industry knows how nit-picky it can be. Making mistakes is a big deal in my field and it's a reality I have completely blown out of proportion in my head due to my perfectionism. I love my job a lot. It's the best! But I put so much pressure on myself to be perfect. Sometimes I make mistakes, being human and all... In the past, I would beat myself up for days about it. I would scare myself by thinking I was going to lose my clients. The funny thing is, my clients really appreciate my services. I think they see how much I care about my job and how committed I am to producing the very best work I can. They understand if I let something slip once in a while. I am learning to treat myself with the same respect and understanding. It's a work in progress for me, but I'm getting there. When something happens, I just try to see the whole me -my dedication, my enthusiasm, the specific circumstances of any given day - rather than just the mistake. It is helping a lot. My anxiety about my work is at its lowest ever. I'm so happy about that, since it makes my job even more fun.