Mistakes are not Regrets
Have you done things you wish you never did? Do you have regrets?
Let’s face it…everybody make mistakes. Mistakes are part of our everyday life. They are constant reminders that we are humans, and we are growing. I once listened to an interview where Michael Jordan, who is arguably the best basket ball player in the world, was asked the secret to his success. One would expect a typical lecture of determination and perseverance-as we are well familiar with, but his answer not only defiled this general conception of success, but also gave me a lot to think about. Hear him in his own words:
‘I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career; I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shots, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.’
Mistakes are how we grow and learn. I made the resolution years ago to remove the word ‘regret’ from my vocabulary and replace it with ‘learn’. So when people ask me if I have any regret in life, I tell them ‘no, I don’t’, because admitting to a regret is admitting to making a mistake I never learnt from. It is not the events in our life that shape us, but our decision as to what those events mean. Mistakes carry hidden powers that can help us grow and become better and stronger people, but the fail in that mission if we chose to ignore that message they carry.
Regret looks back. Worry looks up. Vision looks forward-John Mason
The truth is-we never understand life by looking backwards, so we must learn to not dwell too much on the pasts. Look at the past with gratitude, and towards the future with confidence. Hear john mason in his own word:
Experience is at best yesterday’s answer to today’s problem. Your past is not your potential. Never build your future around your past. The past is over. To succeed, you must be willing to shed part of your previous life.’
Mistakes show us what aspect of our life we need to work on. Successful people are not afraid of making mistakes because they are always looking out for ways to improve and become better at what they do. And you wouldn’t know where you need to improve if you don’t make mistakes. Mistakes tell us we are improving. Someone who is not learning new things lives with fewer mistakes, because he keeps circling round the things he is familiar with. Mistakes begin the first chapter of every success story. From Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Walt Disney to the rest of our legends, their success stories shows us the height of what you can achieve if you are not afraid of the words ‘try again!’
I hate the phrase ‘had I known’, simply because it has regrets written over it. Yes, awful things might have happened in your life, things you wish you could change; but you can’t change the past, and dwelling on it will only slow down your future. Take the lesson you can from that experience and move on; because life is like a moving train, it won’t stop to wait for you while dwell on the past, it will keep moving forward with your future…while you are still living in regrets over the mistakes of your past.
God himself makes all things (both the good and the bad) to work together for our good. No matter what you have done in the past, no matter how awful you think it is, learn to trust in God and his ability to create a beauty from the ashes of your past.
Remember: yesterday is passed forever and is beyond our control. What lies behind us is insignificant, compared to what lies ahead.
Have a wonderful day friends.
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