Mistakes | Learn and Let Go

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Mistakes are a part of being human.
No one is perfect. No one can say they've never done something they regretted. But sometimes we hold on too tightly to those faults. We scrutinize them, distressing ourselves over the details, and make a bigger deal out of it than anyone else probably is.

Messing up hurts. It hurts others, it hurts ourselves, and it hurts our confidence. It's embarrassing, shameful, and painful. But it doesn't have to be. How often do we look at our mistakes, smile, and think, "That's the day I learned not to drink coffee, text, listen to the radio, and drive at the same time"? (Okay, that would be a pretty disastrous mistake and costly lesson to learn.)
Moral of the story...
Don't hold on to your past faults-- they just turn into biting regrets, grudges, and heartaches. Instead, learn from them. Take them as an opportunity to grow. Like L. M. Montgomery said, "We all make mistakes, dear, so just put it behind you. We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us.”  
So without further ado, here's five reasons why mistakes are important elements of our lives:
1. Mistakes show us who we really are
With every blunder, we learn something about ourselves. A weakness we need to change, a strength that can get out of hand, our limits and our capabilities... a mistake is the perfect chance to grow. Listen to your failures. They're trying to tell you something.
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2. Mistakes teach us valuable lessons

Mistakes = experience. They simply show us something we didn't know before.
In her post "7 Reasons Why Not Making Mistakes Is The Biggest Mistake", Luminita Saviuc wrote: "There is so much we can all learn from our mistakes, and the moment we see them as lessons rather than mistakes, we will no longer have this crazy fear of encountering them along the journey."
In one of my favorite lines from "Anne of Green Gables", Anne Shirley and Marilla talk about Anne's mistakes...
Anne: "But have you ever noticed one encouraging thing about me, Marilla? I never make the same mistake twice".

Marilla: "I don't know as that's much benefit when you're always making new ones".

3. Mistakes teach us how to forgive

...both yourself and others. It can be hard to "let it go", so when grappling with the doubt and remorse, read 12 Truths to Tell Yourself After a Mistake or Failure.

4. Mistakes train us to let go of our fears

5. Mistakes are stepping stones to success.

Mistakes are proof that you're trying. They, just like failures, are not pushing you back, but moving you forward.
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When you make a painful or dreaded mistake, remember this: You're making progress. You're going somewhere. It's worse to try to be perfect, to stay away from all possible mistakes, to live a life without taking risks, taking chances. Without failures, there is no success.

Thomas Edison tried and failed 1,000 times when trying to invent the light bulb. A French reporter later asked, “Mr. Edison, how did it feel to fail 999 times?” As the story goes, Thomas Edison  replied, “Young man, I have not failed 999 times. I have simply found 999 ways how not to create a light bulb.”

So wherever you are in life right now, don't give up. Keep pushing forward.


  1. I love that quote by Edison. I know I sometimes get discouraged when I fail, but it is so true. We learn through failing. I know I have learned so much more from my mistakes and trials, than other things. Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Thank you, Elizabeth! We're so glad you stopped by :D

  2. I really like how you point out that mistakes are our stepping stones to success. Instead of focusing on the mistake we need to focus in on what we can learn from it so we don't repeat the mistake. Hope you have a great day!

    1. That's so, so true. Thank you for the visit!

  3. LOVE this! Mistakes offer valuable life lessons. My motto is better to make a mistake than do nothing at all. There are so many people who want to do things in life but never do because they are afraid of making a mistake. Not a good way to live at all.

    Stopping by from Friendship Fridays!

  4. This was very inspirational. Thank you for sharing! :)

  5. Amazing post! It's so true - my belief is in living and letting go. Holding on to things only affects you and limits the life that you could truly have.

    Thanks so much for sharing on Turn It Up Tuesday! We love having you! :)

  6. Love your thoughts on mistakes. They are similar to the post on The Woman's Post. Mistakes help us become better as we learn how to deal with them and try our best not to go the same direction again.

    Thank you,

  7. I listened to 'Make My Move' and it's really inspirational to see girls my age singing such lovely songs like that one and being so successful with their music.This is also a really inspirational post... I love how you pointed out that mistakes are the stepping stones to success. I've listened to all the little snippets of the songs on this blog and I love all the songs on your track list! If you have time, check out my blog maybe? http://edublogs.eanesisd.net/sk84006/


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