Make Successful Mistakes

The First Mistake

It’s amazing how often people get down on themselves when they make a mistake or if something doesn’t go their way.

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They immediately get on the self-pity train and tell themselves how foolish or stupid they were.

“Why did I do that?” or “I can’t believe that happened!”

They think or say these things aloud. And it instantly derails them from whatever positive direction they had been going in.

I know. Only because that was what I did too.

I’d constantly put myself down for any mistake I made, no matter how small. Even if it was a technology glitch.

And the result?

The drive and motivation to accomplish what I’d been working on would disappear.

The momentum that had been built up would be gone.

And I’d be left to wallow in misery, thinking things like “I’ll never be able to do this” or “Why am I wasting my time?”.

It would take days, or sometimes even weeks to get back on track and moving in the right direction again.

If the same problem showed up, at least I’d be prepared and be able to use what I’d learned to overcome it.

But before I knew it, some other unknown would pop up. And I’d make another mistake.

Then, BOOM!

Off track.


And needing another 5, 10, 15 days to deal with it before getting going again.

The Breakthrough

Then I had a breakthrough.

I realized that EVERYBODY makes mistakes.

But the people who are the most successful realize that it’s no big deal.

They even welcome mistakes.

Because mistakes are learning experiences.

They analyze what happened.
They figure out the lesson in it.
Then they apply that lesson.


They don’t wait 2 or 3 weeks.

They don’t let the little failures (which is what all failures are) keep them from the big successes.

Because the big successes are what they are after.

And they’re NOT going to let a little bump in the road stop them. Or even slow them down.

They’re going to keep moving in the direction of their success.

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If you’re in a place where you’re giving yourself a hard time over the mistakes that you’ve made, STOP!

Stop telling yourself the dis-empowering statements that keep you on the sidelines for days or weeks.

Instead, look closely at what happened.

Figure out what caused the mistake as quickly as you can and then learn that lesson and implement it RIGHT AWAY!

This is your only life and there’s no time to waste feeling bad for yourself. Well, you can give yourself a minute or two, but that’s it!

Get yourself back into the game and keep moving toward the success you want.

And when the same type of situation arises (and it will) you’ll be ready for it. It won’t trip you up again.

Keep your mindset positive and realize that mistakes happen.

Realize they aren’t the end of the world.

And they aren’t going to keep you from succeeding.

The only thing that will keep you from succeeding is if you let a mistake make you give up.

It took Thomas Edison thousands of tries to figure out how to make a lightbulb that worked for more than a couple of hours.

If he had given up after one failure, or even 100, we might still be sitting in the dark!

Action Required!

No matter how many mistakes you make, keep moving ahead.

Success is closer than you think.

Say to yourself “I CAN DO THIS!” and then get busy doing it.

And if you fall down, get back up.

Tell yourself “I CAN DO THIS!” and keep on doing until you succeed.

As one of my hockey coaches used to say: “You have to fall down 100,000 times before you’re a good skater.”

And the only way you can fall down 100,000 times is if you get back up after every single fall and keep on trying!

Remember, making a mistake is no big deal.

But giving up on your dreams is.