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Learning from your mistakes

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can,And wisdom to know the difference.” ~ Reinhold Niebuhr

As we go forward, remember to be gentle with yourself.  We’ve all made mistakes, perhaps you’re still in the middle of one.  The trick is being able to recognize one faster and to extricate yourself as gracefully as possible.  Analyze your mistakes, learn from them and commit to not making the same mistake again (and if possible, not committing a variation of the same mistake).

Of course this is easier said than done.  Often we’ll find ourselves falling into the same mistake again and again (dating the bad boy, potato chips after midnight, etc.) because it feels good, it’s quick, it’s easy, it’s never going to get any better anyhow – any litany of excuses.  You have to give up the excuses to stop making the mistake.  It’s not enough to promise not to do it again, you have to commit to not making the mistake again.

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