Author and business expert Robert Kiyosaki says: “Mistakes are priceless opportunities to learn essential lessons.”
We learn from our parents, our teachers, in our classrooms, but many of life’s greatest lessons are learned from experience.
Experiences allow us to gather invaluable wisdom that can only come from time and real-life situations. In fact, it’s often said that “experience is the best teacher.” But if at all possible, we should let the experiences of others be our teacher so we don’t have to repeat their mistakes.
However, as much as we want to do things right and live with no regrets, mistakes are inevitable. When you realize you’ve made one, be upfront and honest with yourself. If you spend time trying to deny what you did wrong, it’s easier repeat the mistake, perhaps thinking the next time around you’ll have a different outcome.
Even though previous negative choices can make you feel weighed down with emotional baggage, try not to hold on to the past. Sometimes we can spend so much time dwelling on our past, we leave no room to enjoy our present and be hopeful about our future. Don’t dwell on your mistakes. Simply shake the dust off your feet and move on by learning from your experience.
“Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success,” Napoleon Hill said.
In fact, did you know we are physiologically wired to avoid making the same mistakes over again? Psychologists from the University of Exeter have identified an early warning signal in the brain that helps us avoid repeating previous mistakes. Their research shows that there is a mechanism in the brain that reacts in just 0.1 seconds to things that have resulted in us making errors in the past, thus causing us to instinctively avoid repetition of negative behaviors.
After a series of experiments, researchers found out whether people believed they could learn from their mistakes. People who think they can learn from their mistakes did better after making a mistake. In other words, they successfully bounced back.
You can’t undo the past, but you can change the present and the future. With time and prayer, your broken heart can be mended and your life can be transformed into something beautiful.
“Look up and not down; look forward and not back; look out and not in.”