Thoughts on Dealing with Mistakes – Day 310 of 365 Days to a Better You

A mistake; perhaps you’ve made one or two in your time. I know I have. The question isn’t whether you’ll make another mistake. The question is how will you deal with your mistake, pick yourself up and move on.

Here are some #Rayquotes, affirmations, and famous quotes about dealing with mistakes. I hope you find them useful.

RayQuotes

  1. Life’s first great lesson is that you’re human and you make mistakes. Life’s second great lesson is you’re amazing anyway.
  2. The energy you use beating yourself up for a mistake is better used working to get better.
  3. If you make a mistake, own it, apologize and make it right.
  4. Release your belief that making mistakes is a bad thing. Making mistakes is the only way to grow.
  5. The only unforgivable mistake is to let a mistake stop you. We all make them. Keep going!

Affirmations

  1. I give myself credit for my successes. I forgive myself for my mistakes. I know that all leads to growth and healing.
  2. I own up to all of my mistakes from the past and forgive myself.
  3. I acknowledge my mistakes, I get better, and I move forward.
  4. I am human and I make mistakes. I am also amazing and I learn from my mistakes!
  5. Today I bless my mistakes for lighting the path to a better me!
  6. Winners power up on a future full of possibility. Losers power down on a past full of mistakes.
  7. I learn from my mistakes without belittling myself for them.

Famous Quotes

  1. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. ~ Albert Einstein
  2. I prefer you to make mistakes in kindness than work miracles in unkindness. ~ Mother Teresa
  3. Most of my advances were by mistake. You uncover what is when you get rid of what isn’t. ~ Buckminster Fuller
  4. Mistakes are the portals of discovery. ~ James Joyce
  5. The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake. ~ Meister Eckhart
  6. Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them. ~Bruce Lee
  7. Analyze your mistakes. You’ve already paid the tuition, you might as well get the lesson. ~Tim Fargo
  8. Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself. ~Groucho Marx
  9. Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom. ~Phyllis Therous
  10. Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. ~Maya Angelou

The bottom line is mistakes are opportunities. They’re either opportunities to grow, change, and advance or they’re opportunities to wallow, stagnate, or quit. The choice is yours.

In case no one else has reminded you today, you’re awesome!

Ray

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Mistakes Are Part of Being Human

Today’s Affirmation:

“I make mistakes in my life. It is part of being a human being. I forgive myself for them and I move on to bigger and better things.” 

tng_data_picard.jpgFor Today’s thought, I take from a scene from Star Trek: The Next Generation (yes wisdom and insight can come from anywhere).  I’ll provide minimal background for those not familiar with the show.  The scene is between Data (an android officer always trying to understand and grow closer to his “humanity”) and Picard (Captain of the Enterprise).

Data has removed himself from duty after losing at a game of strategema to a “biological” life-form visting the Enterprise.  Convinced that he must have a system malfunction for such a thing to have happened he removes himself to his quarters where he sits in “self-doubt” analyzing himself for system malfunctions. Finally, after two other shipmates attempt, Picard comes to Data and orders him back to duty.

Data says, “Captain, I do not think that would be wise. Clearly the fact that I could lose a game to a biological life-form indicates that I am imperfect. You cannot count on my assessments as they may be flawed. I must find the malfunction. Otherwise I might make a mistake.”

Then Picard says something rather profound. “Yes, you might make a mistake. That’s called being human, Data.   You know, it is possible to make no mistakes and still lose.”

Mistakes are those things none of us like to make. They cause us embarrassment and sometimes real pain.  Many spend their entire lives trying to avoid them at all cost and missing out on much life in the process.Having made a mistake we often act as Data did.

We put our lives on hold, afraid to take the next step for fear we are flawed and incapable. That disempowering message is, afterall, something many of us had drilled into us from an early age. And yet, in one of the great conundrums of our society, we feel we must be perfect and never make mistakes.

We conceive that our lives would be far less stressful, if only we could avoid them all together.  Picard’s statement equates making mistakes with being human, in other words, as long as we ARE human we WILL make mistakes. An acceptance factor is in play here.Secondly, he says it is possible to make no mistakes and still not achieve all we desire.

We spend much time playing if only…If only this my career would be better, if only that my relationships would be better. We often are left wondering what we could have done differently to change something. 

The answer, sometimes, is NOTHING. We may have done ALL we could to help someone, or get a good education, or raise our children, or advance in our careers. It IS possible to make no mistakes and still not achieve our intention. Yet, we may look back and feel inclined to judge ourselves for what we did or didn’t do in a given situation.

We need not riddle ourselves with guilt, self-doubt, and regret  regarding such things. If we can accept that we will make mistakes, but also that they are not the end of the world; and accept that even if we don’t make them things will not always turn out our way we can achieve some measure of peace.

This is not intended as some relativistic “let’s all live in mediocrity”  or “not strive for excellence” message, but rather as a reminder go a little easier on yourself when you slip along the way. Once we can do that we can expand that understanding to others. Another example of how creating a happier more sane world starts within and spreads to without.

In his book Happiness Is a Choice, Bernie Neal Kaufmann relates a Native American Medicine Wheel regarding mistakes. Kaufmann describes the wheel in this way.

  • The top of the wheel reads: “I accept my mistakes.”
  • The left side of the wheel reads: “I learn from my mistakes.”
  • The bottom of the wheel reads: “I learn from the mistakes of others.”
  • The right side of the wheel reads: “I learn from the mistakes of my teachers.”
  • Finally, the center of the wheel reads: “I understand there is no such thing as
    a mistake.”

When we choose to live by this very astute advice we understand that everything that happens…including our mistakes…are a blessing and a teacher.

Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

Ray

Ray Davis is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot and the author of Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation – order your signed copy today at AATrilogy.com. He advocates for the potential of the human race. He’s life-long history buff and holds a B.S. in History Education. He’s always been fascinated by alternative views of history.

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