How To Accept Your Own Mistakes

Everyone makes mistakes, that's a given. The trouble begins not in making the mistake, but in being unable to deal with - or accept - the mistake. Do you accept your own mistakes? Many times people are too focused on the mistakes they've made, rather than what they could have learned from the mistake, or they refuse to forgive themselves and move on. You can learn from your mistakes and you can accept your own mistakes; just remember that there's a lesson to be learned in every mistake made. There are a couple of ways you can learn to accept your own mistakes and make the learning process easier.

First and foremost, one of the best ways to accept your own mistakes is to forgive yourself. Realize that no one is perfect, no one can do everything "right" all the time. Instead of punishing yourself, accept your own mistakes- realize that you can learn from mistakes, it doesn't have to be a completely negative experience for you.

You should accept your own mistakes rather than beating yourself up over them. Once you get past forgiving yourself the mistake, many times the urge to "beat yourself up" over the mistake is still there. Don't fall into this type of negativity. Accept that you made a mistake, realize that it's not the end of the world, and move on. Part of the ability to accept your own mistakes means realizing that there's always tomorrow, that what happens today won't always negatively affect tomorrow and doesn't mean that life as you know it is over.

When you've begun to accept your own mistakes, try and try again. Keep from repeating your mistakes, if at all possible. Everyone occasionally falls back into old patterns or has a thoughtless moment, don't stress yourself out. You've already begun to accept your mistakes, just take steps to ensure that you won't repeat them.  This is all part of the learning process. If you don't succeed at first, simply keep trying until you're making fewer mistakes.

Make sure that once you're on the path to preventing further mistakes, and you've begun to accept your own mistakes, that you don't allow anyone else to drag you down. Don't allow others to remind you of your mistake and don't fall into the trap of believing that just because you made a mistake, that you'll always make mistakes or that you're a failure. If someone won't let you move past your mistakes, then perhaps their part in your life should be lessened. No one needs a negative influence in their lives or over their emotions.

Everyone makes mistakes. When you've made a mistake, ask yourself what you can learn from it; perhaps the answer will take you that much closer to accepting your own mistake. When life lessons are learned from mistakes, then they aren't as likely to be repeated.


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