How to Deal with Mistakes and Failure

Your mistakes and failures hold key resources to help you understand yourself and your potential. Failure is one stepping stone to success. What you need to realize is that failure gives you valuable information to help you improve your situation in the future.

When it comes to mistakes on the other hand, this depends on the choices we make. There are consequences for the choices we make. Our behaviour is influenced by our values and principles. When we live by correct values and principles we experience good consequences, but living contrary to your values and principles yields bad consequences.

It is not possible to turn the hands of the clock and change those bad choices, but you can acknowledge your mistakes and take steps to make things right. When you don’t try to correct your mistakes this leaves room for regret, guilt and feelings of low self-worth. But taking action to correct mistakes results in success and empowerment. Don’t blame, take responsibility.

Learn from your Mistakes

No matter who you are, you will make mistakes, but what you need to do is try and reduce the damage caused by the mistake and take away a valuable lesson from it. A big part of dealing with failure and mistakes is taking responsibility for it, and dealing with the consequences. If you made a mistake, own it, don’t try to quietly fix it, and don’t pretend it didn’t happen.

Reflect on your mistake. Look at what went wrong, what didn’t go according to plan, and determine what you would do differently next time. Moving on without thinking about how to change, and make better choices, loses any opportunity to learn from your mistakes.

Embrace Failure

We all know that failure can be painful. But when you also learn from failure, this makes dealing with it a whole lot better. Failure should be something to embrace. It helps you to understand your capabilities and what you are not able to do.

God wants you to succeed in all aspects of your life. He will bless everything in your life if you give all of it to Him. Your professional life, your family life, your relationships. You just need to work with His plan for your life.

In Luke chapter 5, we take a look at Simon the fisherman. Simon and his crew worked all night trying to catch fish. But came up empty. The next day Jesus asked Simon to use his boat to preach to the people. After that, he told Simon to go where it was deeper and they would catch many fish.

Simon then explained to Jesus that they worked hard all night and didn’t catch a thing. But he obeyed and said they would try again. This time they caught so much fish, that the nets began to tear and the boats were on the verge of sinking.

The lesson to take from this is that once you allow Jesus to work in your life, he will turn your failures into successes. But it may involve you stepping out of your comfort zone. Note that Jesus told them to go into the deep.

Understand that God is not going to make things easy for you all the time. He wants you to live by faith. You are going to have to take risks at times. To go into the deep. But you do this, knowing that God is with you. Once you do everything for the glory of God, you will succeed.

Real success begins at the point of failure. There is a solution to every problem. If you haven’t found it yet, keep trying, but try with Jesus as your guide.


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