Life is a series of moments in which we are constantly making choices. Choices of varying degrees of significance. Some choices are simple with little consequence and others can be life altering. Some make us feel proud and internally grateful; others can make us feel sad, regretful, and vulnerable.

Keeping an open mind during vulnerable moments in life is not an easy task. It takes courage and discipline to throw away our crutches and habitual ways to face life without any blinders. I’ve been there…I know. It requires a willingness to move beyond ingrained ways of thinking. A willingness to transcend fear, accept the facts as they are, and stand on unfamiliar ground. All choices in life hold a lesson for us.  Making good or bad choices teach us important lessons about ourselves. We learn over time what works and what does not work for us. When things are not working, we have the ability to make new choices and take a new path. It’s never easy to admit you’ve made a mistake, but it’s a crucial step in learning, growing, and improving yourself. Here are 4 steps to help you press on to brighter days:

1. Take some time to experience the emotion the mistake brings.

2. Realize we are all human and mistakes happen. Accept responsibility and forgive yourself.

3. Find the lesson that’s hidden in your current situation. Ask yourself, what can you do differently next time a similar situation arises that led to the mistake?

4. Live and learn. Move forward with integrity and grace. Your past mistakes are meant to guide you, not define you.


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