Forgiving Without Forgetting: Moving On from Mistakes

by May 25, 2018

Everyone knows that sinking feeling you get when you mess up at work. It’s a feeling familiar to everyone, yet we all tend to feel like we’re the only one in the company who’s ever messed up.

If you’re like me, you tend to internalize mistakes, and then ruminate on them. The only thing this does is stress me out more, and distract me from learning from the situation. Thankfully, I’ve learned to learn from these moments and forgive myself.

Jane Burnett writes about this practice in her article 3 Ways to Cut Yourself Some Slack at Work. She too realizes it can be a challenge, so she identifies a few pointers:

  • Surround yourself with positivity
  • Give yourself another chance after that error
  • Don’t try to be perfect

Remember that the most important thing is to learn from your mistakes, not obsess over them. We’ve all made them, and all of us will make more.

 

Photo by Robert Wiedemann on Unsplash

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