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9 Powerful Lessons We Can Learn From Our Mistakes
We have all heard the sayings "To err is human" and "you live and you learn". We make mistakes every day, large and small, failures and faux pas. But failure and mistakes still don't feel like an awesome learning opportunity. I know it is my shortcomings that make me unique and that I should embrace the stumbles and screw ups.

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Clarify what you really want

Noticing and admitting our mistakes helps us get in touch with our commitments--what we really want to be, do, and have. 

Working on possible solutions, redefining what we want or...

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You can be flawed and be loved

People who love and care about us will stick with us through all our flaws and floundering. Our not so perfectness is what makes us unique and we are loved for it. So we should give our...

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Accept your fallibility

Facing mistakes often takes us straight to the heart of our fears. And when we experience and face those fears, they can disappear. 

When we are stuck and admit that we can't do ...

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How to tell our truth

Our failures and limitations offer us opportunities to practice telling the truth. 

Admitting the truth allows us to expand our knowledge of self - to know who we are. And thus, incre...

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What works and what doesn't

When we experience the consequences of mistakes, we get a clear message about which of our efforts are working -- and which are not. 

Many times we can trace mistakes to recurrin...

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Take responsibility

Sometimes our instinctive reaction to a mistake is to shift blame elsewhere: "It's not my fault." 

Taking responsibility for a failure may not be fun. But the act of doing so poi...

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Integrity

Mistakes often happen when we break promises, over-commit, agree to avoid conflict or fail to listen fully. Big mistakes often start as small errors. 

Mistakes can be a signal th...

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Live fully

Our history does not have to predict our future. Many people, when faced with a big mistake, begin to pull back--to retreat. 

Mistakes help us to remember that we are not content to p...

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Inspire others

They may be inspired when we are courageous and make our private struggles public. They might decide to live differently. 

As parents, we can teach our children that it is OK to fail bec...

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  • You can't know everything. Be humble.
  • Never blame others for your unhappiness. Take responsibility.
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  • Most of us have a twisted idea about love.
  • You actually don't have a lot of time.
  • Learning never stops. 
  • Sometimes you need to distance yourself from others and be alone.
  • Small decisions lead to big outcomes.

How well you’re spending your time

Ask yourself: 

  • How much time am I wasting on things that give me zero fulfillment? 
  • Do I like my job? 
  • Do I like the people in my life?