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5 Things You Can Learn from Your Mistakes

Find Life Lessons When You're Less Than Perfect


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  • This is exactly my problem right now and I'm getting close to burnout. I feel angry and resentful very quickly which is sad, because I want to relax a little and be more happy.

    I liked what the author said about falling into the process. that is something i'll write down.
    - 11/19/2016 12:18:22 PM
  • it sounded like you were telling my story except for the running part. I had my meltdown too. It cost me two months of intensive group therapy, a heart procedure and a minor stroke. Now I work 40 hours per week and make time to love my cats and dogs. I make time to have a message weekly. it is amazing what it takes to get you thinking. - 11/16/2016 11:18:02 AM
  • I wish I would have seen this yesterday before my own mini-meltdown, I was coming to this conclusion overnight but what a great message to wake up to this morning. It turns my blurry vision into a clear path. - 9/28/2016 9:41:01 AM
  • What a great article! I have always been a perfectionist and it's always been "all or nothing" with me. I am gradually learning that good health is all about accepting who you are and sometime realizing the rules that work for one person are not necessarily the ones that will work for me. I am working on becoming better now but not perfect! - 9/4/2016 11:18:53 AM
  • I have been at a bad place in life, as well. I am learning those lessons that you addressed. Thank you for sharing those insights. - 7/10/2016 9:57:54 AM
  • I had to learn that I could not do everything when being an A-type personality landed me in the world of fibromyalgia. I've had it since 2005 and I am still to this day learning how to pace myself and not push too hard. In college when I wanted to lose weight I just worked out 2 hours every day. Now if I work out too much, my body will rebel and I will land in bed for a week. Letting go of how I used to live has been one of the most challenging lessons in my life. Every day I strive to do what I can and I have to remind myself that slow progress is still progress! - 7/4/2016 12:12:38 AM
  • 421ROSE
    Your words about treating your body as you would your best friend caught my attention today. Wow. That's where I've been going wrong. I need to be kind to me. Thanks for a great article. - 3/16/2016 8:47:05 AM
  • This reminded me of a poster I saw once at a physiotherapist office which was funny but sort of off-putting as it made me feel he made a lot of mistakes, It had a picture a of a rather simian looking fellow (OK it was an ape) with caption "I never make the same mistake TWICE I always make new ones" !! - 2/8/2016 9:05:01 PM
    I liked this article, especially where you mention about knowing your limits and respecting your body! That's a biggie for me. Thank you for helping me remember that its OK to rest and give myself a break from time to time! - 7/13/2015 11:37:38 PM
  • Good article. I told all my children that there is nothing wrong with being perfect. What's important is how you define perfect; i.e., every hair in place, or every hair is present. 8-) - 7/12/2015 8:27:36 PM
  • EWAGNEV493
    Jennifer- I loved, loved, loved your article, especially the point you made at the end to NOT wait until you reach your weight goal before you basically think you can enjoy life. Thank you for reminding me of this enlightening fact! - 7/12/2015 4:03:16 PM
  • Thank you for bringing this to the forefront for me to find on my start page today - just what I needed - am adding to my favourites ;) - 7/12/2015 12:39:05 PM
  • In respect to fitness/health/weight loss, I know the whole "positivity/me first/be nice to yourself" stuff works for some people, but not for me.
    No one else is going to make me stay on track, no one else is going to be honest about how things really are. And in the end, no one but me is really accountable for my actions/inactions.
    I've lost weight and gotten fit and then backslid too many times to allow myself too much grace, because while it takes me a year to lose twenty pounds, I can gain it back in a few months.
    I'm no longer willing to take that risk. - 6/10/2015 10:09:56 AM
  • --ALYSSA--
    I absolutely LOVE this article, and I really needed to hear this message today! Thank you for sharing this! - 6/10/2015 9:03:38 AM
  • CHERYLJ613
    Thank you is both so small and so large for the info provided. I am not a "Type-A" person but more a "mediocre let it ride" person. BUT, the last 2 sentences of Enjoy Now hit me squarely where I live. There is a hurtle of being perfect I am working very hard to over come and I appreciate your down to earth encouragement of "where I am" and "who I am". - 2/23/2015 10:43:02 AM

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