Made A Mistake? Here’s What You Can Do To Bounce Back
Made a mistake recently? Think about all of the mistakes you’ve made in your life, and you should see that they fall into either one of two categories; there is the embarrassing, fall-on-your-face type of mistakes that are of little significance to anything other than your own pride.
Then there are those mistakes that are hard to let go of, the big kind, capable of keeping you a prisoner of your past for weeks, months or even years.
When you make a mistake, small or big, it can be hard not to beat yourself up about it. However, I say that we shouldn’t be giving ourselves a hard time, but instead, should be showing a little more appreciation for the mistakes that we do make.
After all, when you misjudge a situation or make the wrong choices earlier on, it just means that you’re more likely to know what to look out for later down the road.
We all make mistakes, some insignificant, some hugely significant, but it is how we react in the face of our mistakes that is important.
Want to know what you should really do when you’ve had a slip-up? Treat yourself with kindness. Act from a place of compassion, not judgment.
Not sure where to start? Here are 5 tips on how to get back up from any mistake.
1. Have Compassion
A good place to start when you’re struggling to come to terms with a mistake you’ve made is to empathize with yourself.
Ask yourself, if a good friend came to me in the same situation, what would I say to them?
Being compassionate in the aftermath of your mistakes is about facing up to the reality of what’s happened.
means accepting the facts of the situation, without blame and judgment.
2. Look Below The Surface
Behind every mistake, there is often a reason, a reason that will possibly teach you something new about yourself.
Your mistake could be the result of a certain way of looking at the world; you might find that you’ve been holding onto beliefs and misconceptions about things that you weren’t aware of before.
Briefly thinking about your mistakes in this way can provide valuable insight into your character and may highlight any stories about life, or yourself, that you’ve unknowingly been buying into.
The good thing is that once you’re able to better understanding what is really behind your choices, this new awareness will help prevent you making the same mistake again.
3. Build Bridges
Making amends with other people is arguably the hardest part of bouncing back from a mistake. However, it is probably the most important step in helping you to move forward with your life.
Admitting you’ve made a mistake when you’re the only person involved is hard enough, but admitting your mistakes to others, perhaps people you've affected, takes courage.
When trying to repair any damaged relationships, the first thing you need to do is accept responsibility.
Next, you’ve got to take action. Saying ‘I’m sorry’ won’t always fix everything, you’ve got to show that you want to mend the relationship and that you’re willing to take steps to ensure that the same mistakes don’t happen again.
4. Understand The Lesson
Every mistake we ever make comes with a lesson. These lessons are often the biggest (and sometimes only) positive aspect to come out of making a mistake and should be seen as something to appreciate.
By re-framing a mistake as a valuable learning experience, you not only take the negativity and guilt out of the situation, but you also gain a brilliant opportunity for personal growth.
Many people find that they repeat the same mistake again and again. When this happens, it is often because they were unable to see the lesson being offered to them the first time around.
If you do keep finding yourself making the same negative choices or in familiar negative situations, this could just mean that you’re yet to fully understand the lesson in front of you.
That’s ok; it will become clear to you when you’re ready.
5. Open Up
Once you’ve made a mistake, it can be hard to shake the feelings of guilt and shame that can follow. If this is the case for you, then don’t feel like you have to deal with these emotions alone.
Sharing your mistakes and experiences with someone you can trust will greatly reduce any negative emotions you’re still holding onto.
Plus, when you open up to others about mistakes you've made of your own, you’ll be surprised by how many people have shared the same experiences.
Mistakes are important, if not vital, part of the human experience. We ALL make them.
A life lived without mistakes is no life at all, so treat yourself a little more kindly – and remember to show others the same kindness when they make mistakes of their own.
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