Life Instructions~~More On Mistakes~~Susie Austin

I am always ready to learn although

I do not always like

 being taught.

Winston Churchill


When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

By recognizing when we have made mistakes and when we grow from them is when we actually have learned a lesson from the experience. If we continue to make the same mistakes and have not realized the lesson is where we miss the boat. This all begins again with awareness. We have to be aware of who we are, what is going on in our lives, and what have we learned from our mistakes and from life in general.

  According to Merriam-Webster Online, a mistake is
1: to blunder
2 a: to misunderstand b: to make a wrong judgment
3: to identify wrongly, confuse with another

Every mistake is a learning opportunity, and we have to be able to accept the mistake as just as it is a learning opportunity. Identifying the lesson learned is only the first step in the power of mistakes. Once you’ve got that lesson, you have to share that information.

 The bad news is that no one likes to admit they made a mistake, much less make an effort to spread the word about it. Human nature dictates that we want to keep our flaws to ourselves.

 But if we don’t do this, we condemn others to repeat our mistakes. This holds true in many cases but unfortunately we all have to make many of our own mistakes to actually learn our life lessons.

 Learning from your own mistakes is great; what’s even better is learning from someone else’s, so you never make the mistake in the first place.

 But there’s that human nature problem—no one likes talking about their flaws. It’s tough on the ego.

 To counter this problem, we should change the way we think to believe it’s more important to share lessons learned than to hide your mistakes. This is much more difficult than it sounds, but nothing worthwhile is right?

 Today think of the lessons you have learned and have you shared them with anyone to possibly help them not make the same mistake. I personally share mine on a daily basis as I believe I have made enough to be able to relate to almost anyone I come in contact with. I share them regularly as I believe this is a way I can help others. Once I did this a few times I realized how grateful others were just by my sharing and realized I was human and made mistakes as well. This gives others permission in their head to admit their mistakes and learn from them as well.

 It is not so much the admitting you were wrong or made a mistake it is what you have learned from this and how can you move forward in a positive direction.

  Don’t necessarily look at mistakes as a bad thing as everyone makes then, no one is exempt. The key is many don’t learn from them. I suggest today take a little time and reflect on past mistakes and what lessons did you learn, have you made them more than once, and did you share them with anyone?

Susie Austin


~ by coachsusie on February 12, 2008.

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