Blaming Others

You cannot run away from yourself, so blaming others is worthless. You are responsible for your thoughts and actions, as well as what unfolds before you. As long as you blame others, you will continue making the same mistakes.

It is not uncommon for us to shift the blame to someone else to avoid feelings of guilt. Unfortunately, this doesn’t solve the underlying issue. When you encounter trouble, take inventory of your attitude and behavior and see if that could be the source of the problem.

Admit When You Are Wrong

Everyone makes mistakes.

How we handle them is what can make or break us.

Some people strongly resist when they are wrong.

Their initial reaction is to respond defensively rather than acknowledging the mistake, apologizing, and doing what they can to make things right.

There is a level of respect warranted for people who openly admit their mistakes and take ownership.

That doesn’t mean the people impacted by the mistake will always be overly gracious, but they can become more accepting over time.

Rather than compound a mistake through defensiveness, take corrective action and identify the lesson behind it.

It can save a lot of undue stress.

What’s your approach to dealing with mistakes?

Learn From Your Mistakes

Mistakes are effective teachers because their consequences have a way of making lessons painfully clear.

You can’t learn from a mistake that you don’t acknowledge making. To gain the lesson, you have to admit it, analyze it, and make adjustments so that it doesn’t happen again.

Mistakes of the past are a critical part of today’s actions and how well you use them to prepare for the future.