What Can You Learn From Your Mistakes To Be Better Tomorrow?
Do you know that old saying, history repeats itself? Sadly most people do because it is true. Far too often the same mistakes happen over and over again. You see political leaders doing it, you see businesses falling into the same pitfalls that they've hit before, and it is not uncommon for you to notice yourself doing the same thing in your personal relationships.
However, that does not need to be your fate. Instead, you can be smart and learn from the mistakes of yesterday so that you do not make the same ones tomorrow. It is easier than it may sound. You simply need to think back over your life, identify your mistakes, evaluate the choices that you made, and look at how you could have done things differently.
Learn from your mistakes! People do not take nearly enough time to reflect on their own experiences. When you do not do this you deny yourself an opportunity to learn. This means that you will never move forward in your development. Instead, you will be stuck where you are right now making the same mistakes over and over again.
To avoid this you need to take an honest look at your past experiences. Identify a few key instances where you faced a dilemma and wound up unsatisfied with the results.
Learn from your mistakes! Once you have a few instances to focus on spend some time thinking about the mistakes that you made. What were the details of the dilemma that you were facing? What was the thought process that led you to make the decision that you made? Where did your decisions come up short? What part of your decision was successful?
After you have answered these questions you can really start to evaluate your answers. Start off thinking about what didn't go right. Mistakes tend to be more visible in retrospect than success is. However, just knowing that something didn't go right is not enough.
Learn from your mistakes! You need to uncover why it didn't go right. How did your decisions come up short, and what were you left needing? The answers to these questions will help you to avoid these same shortcomings in the future.
As you think back on your thought process try to think about the logic that brought you to the decisions that you made. Think back over the facts that you were dealing with and how they brought you to the solution that you chose. Additionally, as your reexamine these experiences try to think about each situation and how you could have done things differently.
Learn from your mistakes! Sometimes hindsight offers you new perspective and insights. Use these to think about how you could have altered your approach so that you were left with a different and more favorable outcome.
Now that you have these new revelations, it is your job to try to apply them to future decision making. Use what you've learned about your tendencies and instincts so that you can refine them to be more dependable in the future. By doing this you will be able to learn from the past and create a more productive and happy future for yourself.
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Herb Ammons is a Motivational Speaker. http://www.herbammons.com