Mistakes are inevitable and I accept that. I know that I make mistakes every now and then, just as everyone else does. After all, no one is perfect! I let go of any temptation to beat myself up about it and, instead, I move on.
First of all, I admit my mistakes and forgive myself. Then I focus on what I can do to lessen its impact.
I do what I can to make up for my gaffes. If I need to apologize, I make a sincere apology and ask if there is something I can do to make things right. If I need to do something over, I start it immediately. If I neglected to do something I was supposed to, I do it.
Then, I look for the silver lining. What can I learn from this mistake? Mistakes always teach me something and enable me to grow. Oftentimes, a little mistake brings solutions to light that I never thought of before.
It reminds me of something Thomas Edison said when he was experimenting with the light bulb. He said, “I learned a thousand ways of how not to make a light bulb.” The point is: each mistake we make brings us one step closer to success.
I realize that the term “mistake” is not synonymous with the term “bad.” I look creatively at my mistakes. I seek opportunities to create positive outcomes from my slip-ups.
Today, I choose to have an optimistic attitude about my mistakes and find something positive about each one.
1. Do I get angry with myself when I make a mistake?
2. Do I openly admit my mistakes and do what I can to make the situation better?
3. What can I learn from a recent mistake?