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Mistakes Happen


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Thursday, November 14, 2013



Noted author, minister, and counselor Hugh Prather once said, "I sometimes react to making a mistake as if I have betrayed myself. My fear of making a mistake seems to be based on the hidden assumption that I am potentially perfect and that if I can just be very careful I will not fall from heaven. But a 'mistake' is a declaration of the way I am, a jolt to the way I intend, a reminder I am not dealing with the facts. When I have listened to my mistakes I have grown."

It is easy to talk about my hopes, dreams, and aspirations. That is the stuff that we like to talk about. That is the stuff that we like to read about. Honestly, that is the fun stuff to write about! Don't get me wrong, those are things that we need to to see and hear about if we want to be successful. Knowing the positives and knowing that we can make it happen is very important to our success. But to be successful, we also have to realize and confront that we are not perfect and we will make mistakes.

Mistakes happen.

We are human and we will make mistakes. We always start off with the intention to be perfect and we think we won't make mistakes, but from time to time, we will. We might eat some pizza we hadn't intended. We might skip the gym because we are tired. Mistakes will happen.

How many times have you had a bad day, week, or month and said that today is the day? How many times have you said this time will be different? How many times when you "start over" and have a perfect day, that you think you can do every day perfect, just like that?

I know if you are anything like me, the answer to all of those questions is many times. That is a great attitude as long as we can also accept that we will make mistakes. Life happens and there will be days that are not perfect. Accept that you may stumble from time to time but also know that you won't let that keep you down.

Mistakes are acceptable.

When mistakes happen, do not run away from them. Winner's do not run away from their mistakes. People who are successful, do not run away from their mistakes. Mistakes build character. Mistakes can often offer you the biggest lessons you will learn on your journey.



It can be hard to do, but don't get stuck thinking how you coulda, woulda, or shoulda done things differently! It can feel like one little mistake in your diet or exercise, will undo weeks, months, or even years of hard work. Do your best not to minimize the mistakes. Don't let your mistakes define you or your journey! Let how you rebound and conquer those mistakes define you and your journey!

Remember that mistakes aren't a total failure if you can learn something from it.

So learn from your mistakes. Realize where and how the mistake happened, and do your best not to repeat it. We do ourselves a disservice if we do not continue to learn during our journey. We should never stop learning along this process because the process if forever changing and evolving. You are forever changing and evolving, so your journey should change and evolve right with you.



Keep an open mind. Don't let the fear of making mistakes hold you back. Don't allow one mistake to start you on that downward spiral! Don't keep a tighter grip on the negative experiences more so than your positive ones!

Look at mistakes as an opportunity for growth. Use your mistakes to make yourself even better today than you were yesterday! If we learn from our mistakes, we will conquer them!

Embrace Your Possibilities

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CATNCAG 5/21/2014 3:06PM

    emoticon Brad! emoticon for the inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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TERRIJ7 4/25/2014 8:44AM

    Lots of wisdom in these words!

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GRAMPIAN 1/24/2014 10:45AM

  Sound advice. emoticon

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ERLYWA 12/17/2013 8:39PM

    This blog really spoke to me...I so often fail to start anything I want b/c I'm so terrified of failing. This gives me a new perspective...thanks for sharing! :)

Erika


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IMLOCOLINDA 12/17/2013 12:36PM

    Another great, inspiring blog, Brad. Thank you so much for taking the time to write it. I needed to read it today!!

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WHITEANGEL4 12/16/2013 10:16PM

    Without mistakes, we would not know how to correct our errors and move forward positively

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GENRE009 12/15/2013 4:30PM

    Thanks, great. I congratulate you for your perseverance to reach you goals.eva

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MCJULIEO 12/13/2013 3:27PM

    Onward, Upward, Excelsior!

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DIANISHA3 12/10/2013 12:21PM

    Thanks I needed this

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WINDSWEPTACRES 12/9/2013 12:17PM

    There ought to be a statute of limitations on mistakes, a point beyond which they cannot be mentioned again. In our family, mistakes become legends and take on a life of their own, so that incidents barely remembered as occurrences have become often-repeated stories of 'the time that'...' or 'remember when you...' There was never an allowance for a learning curve; you were either good at something from the start or you weren't. Mistakes became something to dread, and new experiences were something to avoid if you weren't pretty sure you could master the task first time out.

I still struggle with the idea of mistakes as learning opportunities. My husband, on the other hand, says that after every military exercise, they would have a Lessons Learned debriefing, going over what had worked well and what needed to be tweaked next time to make it run smoother. That certainly seems like a better idea.

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BELLACUDDLES 12/6/2013 7:12AM

    This is all so true. It's the getting up and starting all over again and not staying down! Positive thinking and acting will get us where we want to be!

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MARILYNROBERT 12/5/2013 8:04PM

    Thank you Brad. I'm my own worst enemy for beating myself up for not being perfect. I'm working on this though because I now see that I use my mistakes as an excuse to binge rather than using my mistakes as a way to learn. I am REALLY working on this and I think I'm making some progress. emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 12/5/2013 6:32AM

    lotza mistakes in my life--but-----one does learn from them--- great blog!--Lynda

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MRSRIGS1 12/4/2013 2:53PM

    Bravo, bravo, bravo [clap, clap, clap, clap]! GREAT blog! emoticon

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POETICJUSTUS 12/2/2013 4:27AM

    Thanx Brad, this is so helpful to me. Blessings
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FORBANDE 11/27/2013 8:56PM

    I wonder where we even get the notion that we are perfect? We are all well aware that those that are around us are not perfect but we seem to hold ourselves to a higher standard. Simply crazy, isn't it?

What a wonderful blog! Like you said, we love to talk about our victories and dreams. There's nothing wrong with it but when you are slipping and sliding, it can make you feel like such a failure when everyone around you seems victorious and on track all the time.

Thanks for sharing and giving me the gentle nudge I need to keep on going. :)

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STEFIGURL 11/27/2013 8:25PM

    this was fabulous!!!
just like you Brad!
thank you Brother :-)

love you so,
stephi

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JRTITTLE 11/21/2013 3:00PM

  emoticon Thank you for sharing!

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GREGGWEISBROD 11/21/2013 1:43PM

    This is what makes tracking what you eat so significant to me as well, because you then see how having that slice of pizza actually affects your day of eating. Sometimes we beat ourselves up needlessly over something so small and then just 'commit' to the act of self-destruction thinking we've already done ourselves in. What might have been just a simple indulgence suddenly takes on this sinister form in our minds, and we end up figuring we've already gone that far, might as well eat the whole pizza. This was my life for so long, trying to be smart about what I would eat, and then just giving up after the first bite, the first bump in the road. Your message here is so important, because the more we embrace our imperfections and ability to make mistakes, I believe it gives us the tools to unlock our ability to first pick ourselves back up after said mistake, and even has helped me to cut my mistakes short when I've found myself starting down a path of too much indulgence. We'll never be perfect, we just need to forgive ourselves and get on with the business of being the people we want to be.

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LEANMEAN2 11/21/2013 6:01AM

    Great reminder. Thanks for sharing.

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1CHICK 11/20/2013 8:11PM

    emoticon Wonderful much needed words of encouragement!

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JOANNHUNT 11/20/2013 5:37PM

    AWESOME WISDOM. THANK YOU FOR SHARING. TO ERR IS HUMAN. ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY.

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~INDYGIRL 11/20/2013 3:29AM

    Bravo~

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ASCIESZKA 11/19/2013 2:44AM

    Thank you for sharing!

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GEORGE815 11/18/2013 5:35PM

    Thanks.

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Brad I enjoyed your blog. Perfection sets you up for failure.

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LUCKEE40 11/17/2013 3:03PM

    Wow! That blog sure spoke to me! I didn't have the best week last week, but I already made the decision to learn from my downfalls last week and use them to help me have successful next week and on..

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CICELY360 11/17/2013 1:30PM

  Good blog

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FRABBIT 11/16/2013 11:50PM

  Great way of looking at things!

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KALEWINE 11/16/2013 10:44PM

    Thanks for the reminder that we are all human and mistakes are going to happen.

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AJB121299 11/16/2013 10:01PM

    nice

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KELLYD2112 11/16/2013 8:13PM

    Good stuff!!!

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WALKIN4JEANIE 11/16/2013 7:07PM

    Thanks! I really needed this today!

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CLEARNIGHTSKY 11/16/2013 4:58PM

    What a great reminder.

Thanks, Brad.

Maggie

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LOVELESMILLS 11/16/2013 4:00PM

  Great!

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MPLSKEN 11/16/2013 3:32PM

    I always come across your great blog posts right when I need them!
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KKLENNERT809 11/16/2013 12:36PM

    I couldn't agree with you more. Nothing left to say--you have captured it all!!!

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