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9 Ways to Deal With Mistakes

Robert Odell Jr. enjoys sharing and learning about the old and new wonders of natural remedies.

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Your day begins with a positive attitude. You are prepared to conquer the world and do great things, and then it happens. You do something or say something that is out of your character and your norm. You wonder how you ever did that, or let that slip? You deeply regret what has occurred, and it bothers you. It bothers you to the point of hampering your production, damaging your attitude, and ruining your day. However, there is hope. Here are nine ways to overcome and deal with mistakes.

1. Realize that Mistakes Happen

Mistakes that make us cringe after they occur can significantly dampen the human spirit. Sometimes a mistake worries us to the point of thinking we can't move past it. However, many errors are not nearly as bad as they appear. Realize that mistakes happen and that it is possible to deal with the dark cloud of a mistake and move into a brighter future.

Realize that mistakes happen and that it is possible to deal with the dark cloud of a mistake and move into a brighter future.

Realize that mistakes happen and that it is possible to deal with the dark cloud of a mistake and move into a brighter future.

2. Analyze the Situation

Analyze the mental and emotional situation that led to the decision that brought on the mistake. Some mistakes occur out of fear. If fear is the culprit, remember that emotion and store that memory in your mind for future reference. By doing so, you will recognize that emotion in the future and prevent it from ruining your day.

Analyze the mental and emotional situation that led to the decision that brought on the mistake.

Analyze the mental and emotional situation that led to the decision that brought on the mistake.

3. Clear Your Mind

It's not "if" but "when" mistakes will occur. Errors create reflection and regroup time. Getting into a different environment may be necessary to clear your mind. Stepping away from the situation can give you breathing room to establish the route that will bring about positive results the next time.

Getting into a different environment may be necessary to clear your mind.

Getting into a different environment may be necessary to clear your mind.

4. Don't Beat Yourself Up

Please don't beat yourself up over a mistake. Think about ways to correct it. Doing so will put you in charge of the situation and bring about positive emotions.

Please don't beat yourself up over a mistake.

Please don't beat yourself up over a mistake.

5. Go Forward

Going forward with the remainder of your day may be the best solution for non-catastrophic errors. Advancing is often the healing elixir that can even reverse some mistakes.

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6. Stay Positive

It is detrimental to live life in fear of mistakes. When mistakes do happen, it's essential to think about why that mistake happened and learn how to avoid making it again. It's also vital to find a positive outcome that came from making that mistake. It can be challenging to recover, but a positive attitude can work wonders.

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7. Right the Wrong

To overcome a mistake, it always helps if you right the wrong as much as possible. If your mistake involves another person, go to the person affected. Acknowledge the error appropriately in a positive way. "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed" (James 5:16 NIV).

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8. Don't Repeat It

Learning from your mistake is ok. However, it would help if you also had the means to ensure that you do not repeat the same error. Returning to the same choices and decisions that caused the error will lead to the same terrible results. Allow positive thoughts to perform good works, and please don't dwell on the situation.

Come up with a strategy to keep from repeating the mistake.

Come up with a strategy to keep from repeating the mistake.

9. Forgive Yourself

Instead of dwelling on the mistake, think of the situation as a second chance. With the error comes the opportunity to realize that nobody is perfect. We can keep preventive measures in our memory. We can regroup and squash unbridled emotions. We can move on toward positive outcomes. We can make things right by not repeating the mistake and forgive ourselves by humbly accepting our second chance.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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Comments

Robert Odell Jr (author) from Memphis, Tennessee on February 03, 2021:

Thank your comments and for reading the Hub Umesh.

Robert Odell Jr (author) from Memphis, Tennessee on February 03, 2021:

Thank you for your comments, Pam. I also believe that mistakes help us learn and grow and that it is essential not to repeat the same ones.

Pam Morris from Atlanta Georgia on February 03, 2021:

Robert, your Hub is very informative and gives out excellent tips. I especially like the part that says forget the mistake and remember the lesson. I believe mistakes are necessary to learn and grow. It essential not to make the same mistake over and over. I love your Hub, thank you for sharing.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on January 31, 2021:

Nice tips.

Robert Odell Jr (author) from Memphis, Tennessee on January 31, 2021:

I really appreciate your comments MsDora. Thank you for reading.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 31, 2021:

Good advice. It takes practice until we make them automatic responses to our mistakes. Thank you for helping us focus on the positives.