Experience is the greatest teacher.
We encounter successes and failures. While doing so, we make mistakes along the way. Yes,
mistakes are inevitable. They are a part of life and they are bound to happen because of our imperfections.
Actually, many of our mistakes hurt. Ouch!
So what do we do when the inevitable occurs?
Recognition is a big step; regretting them is another; learning from them shows wisdom.
Learning from mistakes requires:
1. Stop denying and blaming others for what you did.
2. Take responsibility for your missteps. Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it.
3. Have the self-confidence to admit to them.
4. Be courageous about making changes and adjustments. Don’t let your mistakes define who you are.
5. An apology where appropriate never hurts. Saying “I’m sorry” goes a long way.
6. Try not to make the mistake twice. The second same mistake may be construed as a choice.
7. Re-evaluate your planning, preparation and execution; focus on the variables that you can control.
8. Learn from the mistakes of others. By others faults, the wise correct their own. Learning is a gift even when pain is your teacher.
9. Stop fearing failure.
When we fail, it’s the first attempt in learning.
10. Implement the Vernalized Triple A Process, namely – Admit, Address, Act.
It’s a better price to pay than continued failures and repetitive mistakes.
So, where does it end or begin?
There are many quotable quotes.
Take a look.
“Forgiving ourselves transforms failure from a stumbling block into a stepping stone.” Robert Frost
“We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.”
― Rick Warren
“Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgment.” Anonymous
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein
“I missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. 26 times I was trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over in my life. That is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan
We know that challenges build character.
We also know that when we learn – what not to do – we grow from our mistakes.
The secret is to put down potent fertilizer that will allow us to discontinue what got us in trouble the first time.
We can best learn from our mistakes when we stop denying them. Otherwise, we are bound to keep repeating the same old stuff over and over. Mistakes are proof that we are trying. Sure, mistakes and failure suck, but they instruct.
Finally, I leave you with a proven mathematical equation. It always add up.
Here you go.
Mistakes + Correction = Learning.
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