It’s not how we make mistakes, but how we correct them that defines us!
Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is what is called experience. I don’t know one successful person who hasn’t failed.
I literally do not know one human being who hasn’t made a mistake or twenty. Oh no, I don’t mean a mistake like getting confused on whether or not to use there, their or they’re.
I am talking about a total error judgment and a big “Whoops! I had my head up my ass!” kind of mistake.
When we make a wrong turn in life’s road, we usually respond with “if only” and then spend way too much time self-loathing and become bogged down with guilt and remorse. I see people do this all the time for something so simple as missing a workout, eating a food that wasn’t healthy or helpful in their pursuit of goals or just forgetting something important at home.
A more productive response to human error involves a “next time” attitude. “Next time” focuses on the present and the future rather than the past.
The answer is asking yourself the right questions. Instead of asking “Why am I such an idiot?”; “Why do I always fail?” or “Why am I always so forgetful?” try focusing on answering these questions.
What was your mistake?
Why did you commit the error?
If the same situation presented itself again, what would you do next time?