Oh gosh, have I messed up some stuff in my lifetime. Everything from small mistakes to huge (tragic aftermath kinds of) mistakes. I often wondered how I could change the way I viewed them when I looked at my past.
Here is what I learned.
Making mistakes is all part of living in a less than perfect world.
We all make errors from time to time.
Some of us make big life changing uh-ohs and then others make lots of small mess ups that in the end add up to a huge disappointment.
We should not dwell on our mistakes. It is not productive.
But I needed more ammunition to blast my blunders far away. I needed to do something productive with my memories and past goof ups.
Mistakes are plentiful in everyone’s life, but it is what we do with the mistakes whether we or not we carry them with us.
We should leave them behind (can’t change the past) and climb over them to get to our goals and dreams.
Dave Ramsey says that successful people “have made mountains of mistakes in the process of becoming successful.” “The gleaming mountain of success is actually a pile of trash — a pile of the mistakes we have made. The difference between the successful and the troubled is not error-free living; it is that by discovering and implementing a life calling, the successful stand on their pile of trash while the troubled sit under theirs.”
Be the one who climbs to the top of their piles of mistakes. Push them forward to overcome and succeed. Don’t wallow in the disappointment.
If you have made mistakes this week, you get a do over, starting now. Push it on the heap and triumph over it all. Start the weekend with a clean slate and take grace & mercy by the hand.