Your mistakes are your master: Turn them into lessons
Mistakes are the most valuable opportunity that allows you to be more aware of yourself. Most important lessons can be learned through mistakes that are rare to be taught by others.
Not learning from mistakes, repeating the same mistakes again and again, and ignoring the opportunity to learn from own mistakes are very crucial misconceptions of anyone.
Importance of mistakes in your life:
– Provide a better self-experience.
– Give rise to healthy self-compassion.
– Help you to take more positive risks.
– Make you free from sabotaging fears.
– Remind you that it’s all a great experience.
– Move you from an improvement mindset to an expansion mindset.
How to learn from mistakes:
Accept when you are wrong– Take a moment to think about it, the person pointing out your mistakes may not totally right, you should listen and think about it.
Admitting your mistakes doesn’t make you look weak, it shows that you are willing to accept that you are not perfect. It can be difficult but doing so shows others that you are willing to take responsibility for what you do.
Analyze your mistakes– You should analyze your mistakes in two ways, Honestly and Objectively. Ask yourself, what I was trying to do? What complications came my way? Why and at what time the something stops me? When you’ve acknowledged your mistake, think about what you can do to prevent it from repeating again.
Determining the lesson– your mistakes can represent a lesson in accountability. Your mindset plays a significant role, in how you view your mistakes and how you react to them. The growth mindset sees mistakes as opportunities to learn and improve. If you are doomed to repeat because you don’t believe in change and your mindset is ‘fixed’ on the belief you can’t improve.
The learning opportunity is not the same as an excuse for a careless guy.
Apply the lesson to yourself– The lesson you identified in the above steps could languish, unfulfilled, as mere good intentions. In simple words, learning lessons is one thing, but putting them into practice is quite another. It requires discipline to change your habit.
Here you need to identify the skills, knowledge, resources, and tools that will help you not repeat the same mistake. The specific tool that you use will depend on the particular lessons that you need to put into practice.
Teach your learnings to someone else- Teaching other people what you have learned is a win-win scenario. It can improve you in several ways.
Teaching can change the way you view yourself and others. It allows you to see your own uniqueness and recognize the same in other people.
Develop a constantly learning mindset- A constantly learning mindset is about cultivating curiosity and gratifying the thirst for knowledge. It turns the act of learning in a classroom into a daily mindset and habit.
Review your progress, if you are interested in playing the ‘blame game’ you’ll probably lose the potential of learning.
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