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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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  • I am a bit type A, though not to the extent of this author. I am injured AGAIN. Between this article and Coach Nicole, I think I have decided to check out some strength training videos. I also think I'm going to see if just 10 minutes of walking a day aggravates the injury. 50 minutes sure does! - 2/9/2013 9:16:37 AM
  • WOW! I love your paragraph on "enjoy now". I keep waiting until I fit into that dress, or am able to jog a 5-k....Why wait!?!?

    I am making healthy steps every day and should enjoy the journey, not look anxiously toward when I am "perfect"

    Thank you! - 2/8/2013 9:11:33 AM
  • Jenn, Most of us can relate to your Ah Ha and fall into some or all of the traps. Weight loss is a huge thing... and being a perfectionist is a trap. We all must find our own rythmn of life... and its different for different people. And it changes as our own health changes. Listening to your body ... Realizing you are "good enough"... stop beating yourself up for being you...
    I am coming back from the dead... literally and my pace three years ago was almost "Stop". Now it is proceed slowly and listen to your body. I AM ... and this makes me feel very alive and happy as I see the progress. I want to finish the race... but I don't have to be the first. - 2/5/2013 7:54:16 PM
  • Great article. I'm so glad I read it. I've been in the dumps for awhile. My husband has been unemployed going on 4 months, the holiday season was not so great and my health has been up and down. I agree that we need to take time to enjoy ourselves even if it's just for a few hours. I plan to be more positive starting today.

    - 2/5/2013 7:41:36 AM
  • This is a great article -- I can relate to not knowing when to respect my own limits. Whether its exercising too hard, eating too little, or working too much, tuning into and listening to what my body actually needs helps every time. - 1/27/2013 11:29:18 PM
    Enjoyed this very much. I like a lot of people, am getting a few years under the belt along with health problems that comes with age. I know my limitations and try to keep that in mind. I am 70 yrs old and my long goal is to live to be 100. You have to have something to work towards. Knee, ankle and back keeps me aware of what I can do. I'm from North Carolina and right now we are going through some cold weather so I have to stay inside more than I want. But spring is just around the corner. Keep up the positive writing. It sure does help. - 1/27/2013 2:15:22 PM
  • Good article, to see more about learning from your mistakes watch this video at
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  • Great article! I feel like she was speaking right to me! - 1/8/2013 7:49:31 PM
    Great article! So glad I found it and thank you for writing it!! - 12/30/2012 11:36:53 PM
    RIGHT ON! I like this article. - 12/25/2012 8:57:51 PM
  • This article hit a little closer to home than I was prepared. I am so ready to live life NOW! I will not let the quest for perfection be my conqueror. - 8/17/2012 6:33:12 PM
  • Reading your article was like reading about myself. I like your positive perspective, because I know all too well the pitfalls of perfectionism. Well said! Thank you for sharing your experiences and insight. It Reminds me of some important lessons, and an alternative way of looking at myself. - 8/17/2012 4:31:25 PM
  • i can relate to this so much. I am always comparing myself to my perception of 'the best' and of course this is a moving target and leads to dissatisfaction. I am learning (albeit slowly!) to enjoy the moment, appreciate the small changes and learning from my experiences. I try not to compare myself to anyone, although i find this hard, as I am my own unique person on my own unique journey, just like everyone else - 8/25/2011 3:46:35 AM
  • That's me to a T....such good advice, yet I feel myself giving mental assent to your words while developing new schemes of greatness and how I will beat myself up to achieve them. I too have my own business and confess to being Super Woman - I even have the shirt :-) I normally wake up every 2 hours for no apparent reason all night long, every single night. This week I planted a vegetable garden and totally enjoyed getting dirty, standing there watering and admiring my little beauties and I slept for a solid 4 hrs, then fell back asleep for another 4 hrs. Stress maybe?? Thank you so much, I put your article in my favorites! - 6/2/2011 7:59:30 AM
    tank you for your encouring comments,i have a plateau of 21 lbs loss,and having problems ,trying to figure out what i am doing wrong,i'm trying to walk, it is difficult be cause of my back problems.but with encouragment,and maybe try harder i will do better - 5/30/2011 7:59:39 AM

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