Making mistakes is part of the landscape of life. There will always be mountains to climb, rivers to cross, and rough terrain to cover. So, there are bound to be times when we trip, stumble, and fall.
Making mistakes is not something we can always avoid. But, we can always use them as stepping stones to create better versions of ourselves.
The measure of a person is not the mistakes they make;
it is how they respond to them.
Choose to face your mistakes. Facing your mistakes is a step in courage. Looking at your mistakes is an act in stepping out of your comfort zone. Every time you step out of your comfort zone, you grow in courage and confidence. And, your mindset grows in size and strength! Regardless of the results, learning how to sit with your discomfort also builds resilience over time.
Choose to accept your mistakes. Accepting your mistakes builds character and helps you grow. It takes a big person to accept responsibility for their mistakes. Avoiding responsibility or denying your mistakes doesn’t make them go away. It only stunts your growth and increases your chances of repeating them. So, accept your mistakes, but be compassionate with yourself. Consider making mistakes as being just another fact of life. Being hard on yourself doesn’t help matters. It only clouds your judgment and delays your happiness.
Choose to learn from your mistakes. Learning from your mistakes develops wisdom. Learning what went wrong, how it went wrong, and how to avoid making the same mistake again helps you move forward. In other words, the sooner you see what went wrong, the sooner you can move on. The lessons we learn and the experience we acquire are the gifts we earn from our mistakes. Be willing to see the process through, and you will be rewarded.
You are defined by your actions. Facing, accepting, and learning from your mistakes are the actions that define you; not your mistakes. Your mistakes are simply the catalysts for change and for creating the best version of yourself.
Live, Love, and Lead with Aloha.