Your Past Mistakes Are Meant To Guide You, Not Define You

Your past mistakes are meant to guide you, not define you
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“Your past mistakes are meant to guide you, not define you.”

We live in a society where mistakes are highly feared and frowned upon. At an early age, kids face public ridicule when they give wrong answers in class. The pressure to be always right echoes throughout our lives that people would rather lie and manipulate than admitting to their mistakes. While it is better to prevent mistakes than to make one, mistakes are part of being human. If taken the right way, mistakes can be steppingstones!

Clinical psychologist Dr. Wendy Mogel said, “If we don’t focus on process over product, we cannot be innovators. We cannot learn about ourselves and learn about the world.” Unfortunately, she reports, most parents get too worked up with their kids’ mistakes, making kids doubt themselves in the process.” Instead of striving for automatic perfection, people should think of trial and error learning instead, she contended.

The first step towards getting over past mistakes is forgiving ourselves. Our mind can be our greatest critic, reminding us of our failures until it turns into a limiting belief such as, “I’ll never be good at this.” Accepting our own imperfection as humans can help our brain process our mistakes in the right perspective.

In his book “Brida,” Paulo Coelho wrote, “When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.”

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