Growing from our mistakes

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“My biggest mistake was my best lesson... you don't learn anything when everything is going perfectly.” -Olivia Newton-John

It is an unfortunate part of life that we must fail in order to succeed. Nobody is perfect, we all make mistakes. How can we truly succeed without knowing what it is to fail? Life is all about balance, and in the pursuit of balance we must take the bad with the good and embrace it the best way we can. 

Big or small, our mistakes shouldn’t be what we focus on, or wallow in. They are  an opportunity for us to learn and to grow. In embracing our mistakes and learning from them we can make positive shifts in our lives for the better. If we reflect on our mistakes instead of internally punishing ourselves for them, we can become more productive by pushing forward and trying not to make the same mistakes again – but if you do, that’s okay too! Some things can’t be learned the first time we attempt them. Nobody can learn how to play a musical instrument properly, or drive a car correctly, in their first lesson. Some skills take time and practice. Keep moving forward.

If we are not trying to better ourselves and constantly pushing forwards then we will become stagnant, stuck in the past and attached to our mistakes. Unfortunately, no matter how much we may want to, there is no way to change the past. So, the best thing we can do is to look towards the future and focus on how we can do better.

Don’t be afraid to call on the people around you to help you back up when you fall down.  Learn to recognise the strength of somebody who has successfully moved on from their mistakes. Have the courage to ask them how they did it. Be willing to follow their suggestions. And, in turn, help other people who are struggling when you have the opportunity to do so. 

Take from this quote the opportunity to always strive for something better and reflect upon your mistakes in a positive light, for the key to success is recognising where we fail, and how we can improve next time. 

Life is challenging. But if we are up to the challenge of life’s highs and lows, we can make a success of our life, and we can be proud of the growth we achieve along the way.

“Don’t be afraid to call on the people around you to help you back up when you fall down.”

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