“Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.” —Sophia Loren

While some people are blessed with perfect journeys to the top, this is not really what happens to everyone. In fact, even the most strong-willed person will find great obstacles along the way. There is really no guarantee that mistakes will not be met along the way.

There is still a great likelihood that you can get off track and lose your way. The road to success does not follow a straight line. The train you are on can easily be derailed and if you do not act on it fast, you may never find your way back anymore. If you are not careful, you may totally lose your way and find yourself elsewhere, where your dreams are obscured.

People make mistakes. Even if you make exacting moves, you can easily commit an error and cause some destruction to your own journey. Your only protection will be to get yourself ready for anything. You need to assume that mistakes will happen so that you can prepare accordingly. You need to be ready to fight back because there is a need to.  Failures happen to everyone and what is most important is what you were able to do after encountering one. What are you going to do when you get off track? How are you going to find your way back?

#1: Take responsibility for what happened

Most of the time, when you have encountered a failure, you try to look around and pass the blame on other people. Meeting a disaster is not exactly easy to take, and meeting a disaster that you have caused on your own, is even harder. The first thing you need to do is to admit what you have done wrong. Take full responsibility for your actions and begin to look back at what happened. It is important for you to find out where things have gone wrong so that you can move forward and find your way back.

#2: Forgive yourself
Another reason why people find it hard to bounce back is because they blame themselves for what has happened. Especially if your actions affected other people, you find more comfort hiding behind the shadows rather than facing the music. Admitting responsibility for a bad move is a noble thing to do, but you should not dwell on what you have done longer than necessary. Do not beat yourself up because it will truly hinder you from doing anything else. Every time that you are reminded about what has happened, you will be hindered to make a positive move. Forgive yourself, and forget about what you have done. Instead, think about your next step.

#3: Do not be afraid
What you have done may or may not happen again but this does not really matter. Perhaps, you are afraid about making a mistake again, so you avoid taking risks and choose to stay on safe side. Well here’s something you should know: life is a risk. There is no telling what will happen in the future, so everything you do from today until the end of your life is going to be a risk. If you are always going to be haunted by that one mistake you made in the past for the rest of your life, you will be hindering yourself from achieving so much more. Do not be afraid. Mistakes happen to everyone and yes, it will happen to you. It’s inevitable so why be afraid?

~ Living Life Abundantly

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