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5 Ways To Turn Your Mistake Into A Valuable Life Lesson

https://www.forbes.com/sites/amymorin/2017/07/17/5-ways-to-turn-your-mistake-into-a-valuable-life-lesson/

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5 Ways To Turn Your Mistake Into A Valuable Life Lesson
Have you ever found yourself saying, "I'll never do that again," only to find yourself doing the exact same thing just a short time later? If so, you're not alone. It's likely all of us have repeated some of our mistakes at one time or another.

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Acknowledge Your Errors

Acknowledge Your Errors

Blaming other people or minimizing your responsibility isn’t helpful to anyone.

Before you can learn from your mistakes, you have to accept full responsibility for your role in the outcome. That can be uncomfortable sometimes, but until you can say, “I messed up,” you aren’t ready to change.

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Ask Yourself Tough Questions

Ask Yourself Tough Questions

While you don’t want to dwell on your mistakes, reflecting on them can be productive. Ask yourself a few tough questions:

What went wrong?

• What could I do better next time?

• What did I learn from this?

Seeing your answers on paper can help you think more logically about an irrational or emotional experience.

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Make A Plan

Make A Plan

It’s important to spend your time thinking about how to do better in the future, not beating yourself up for messing up.

Make a plan that will help you avoid making a similar mistake. Be as detailed as possible but remain flexible since your plan may need to change.

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Make It Harder To Mess Up

Make It Harder To Mess Up

Don’t depend on willpower alone to prevent you from taking an unhealthy shortcut or from giving into immediate gratification. Increase your chances of success by making it harder to mess up again.

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Reasons To Stay On Track

Reasons To Stay On Track

Creating a list of all the reasons why you should stay on track could help you stay self-disciplined, even during the toughest times.

Self-discipline is like a muscle. Each time you delay gratification and make a healthy choice, you grow mentally stronger.

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