Recovering From Your Mistakes
What’s up world?! All this week on my “Soul Food” segment, I’ve been taking about recovering from your mistakes, and below I’ve detailed a complete rundown of what was covered. Be inspired, be motivated, and enjoy!
Mistakes are inevitable because no one on earth is perfect, so whether you like it or not, we are all destined to mess up sooner or later. All to often, we drive ourselves crazy trying not to make a mistake; even worse, many times we get so caught up in our mistakes that we don’t even realize we’re making them. Taking both these thoughts a bit farther, we sometimes even chastise and judge others for doing the very same things that we’re doing just because we simply do not see our own wrong doing. However, whether its sooner or later, we all have to confront our wrong doing, and when that happens we have to make the decision on how we choose to recover from our mistakes.
How we recover from our mistakes is what defines our character. We all have options when recovering from our mistakes. You can either choose to continue to make the same mistakes over and over again, you can hold one to your mistake, or you can learn from that mistake, wipe the slate clean and move on!
Some of you may be asking how it is possible to repeat the same mistakes over and over again. Well, for some of us, certain mistakes are ingrained in our DNA because we unintentionally repeat some of the same mistakes that our mothers, fathers and other ancestors made without realizing that we’re doing it. Take some time and look at some of the negative behaviors you possess and take a moment to think about where there behaviors were learned. Did your mother smoke? Did your father drink? Did your older brothers curse? Once you figure out the true source of your negative behavior and identify the pattern that’s being replicated in your life, you can put steps in place to correct it.
Other times we repeat the same mistakes because we think that there is nothing better for us out there.
Know that you can always be better, do better and strive for better. Just because you messed up once doesn’t mean that you’re and all round bad person. All in all, strive to identify the source of your bad behavior, so you can put steps in place to correct it, and always strive to be better than you are now!
The second option you have in mistake recovery is to hold on to that mistake. Have you ever felt trapped by your mistake? Have you felt that no matter what you do and how many times to try take step forward to move on from your mistake that it continues to snatch you right back and continue to revisit the guilt, shame that the mistake caused you? If that’s you, today is the day to stop all that! No matter how awful, bad, or embarrassing the mistake is, know that you are not a slave to it! You can always be forgiven, you can always start anew. No mistake has the power to make you its prisoner unless of course you let it. Stop letting the bad that you’ve done shape the person you are. Too many times we fall victim to our past, but know that you have the ability to make your future greater than anything you’ve done in the past. Choose to stop living in the disappointments of yesterday and start living in the promises of tomorrow!
Finally, the last option you have in mistake recovery is to learn and move on! This is what we should all strive to do. Often times we fall into the prior two options of mistake recovery because it’s easy. It’s hard to not play victim, and own up and take responsibility for our screw ups. We all fall from time to time, so stop waiting on someone else to clean up your mess! You had no help in toppling into your mess, so stand up, dust yourself off, face that mistake, own up and accept responsibility for it, then MOVE ON! You can always wipe the slate clean and start over! We all have a reset button, but you have to choose to use yours for yourself.
That was this week’s edition of “Soul Food,” so eat up, and ENJOY!