Embrace Your Mistakes


"The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing." ~John Powell

Does it frustrate you when you do something wrong? Next time you make a mistake, instead of being hard on yourself, ask yourself what you can learn from it.  It won't help anyone to dwell on your mistake and feel guilty about it. Acknowledge that it happened, make amends if necessary, and move forward!


Continued anger or resentment--whether directed at yourself or at others--can be harmful to your health and well-being. Numerous studies show stress and anger can even cause or worsen some diseases like cancer, heart disease and autoimmune disorders. So forgive yourself! Let your mistakes go, learn from them and move forward, and live a healthier life.

Step It Up:

Just as you forgive yourself for your own mistakes, strive to forgive others for their wrong doings as well. We all make mistakes! If you can learn to forgive yourself it will be far easier to learn to forgive others.  Strive to learn from both your mistakes and the mistakes of your loved ones.

Keep It Simple:

Take a moment to examine your responses to your mistakes. Are you being too hard on yourself? Are you not being hard enough? It is a fine balance between beating yourself up and being too lenient with yourself. Take a close look and see which side you fall on more often, and move forward from there.

Related Resources:

Read this informative article on learning to let go of your mistakes and forgive yourself.

Some tips on learning to let go of your past.

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I am the person who is the hardest on herself,thanks for the kindness. Terri from Tennesee

Thanks for this. I was hard on myself in the past. Austin from Pennsylvania

Thank you.So true,all your thoughts! <3 <3 <3 William Riverin from Ottawa,Canada!

Love and accept myself and embrace all the who accept and love me. I am so grateful for the people in my life. Philip from Smithfield,Ri

Thanks for this reminder. I have to be kinder to me as well. Sylvia from Vancouver

I am very much like my mother. The first thing that goes out of my mouth when someone is accusing me of not knowing something is, "I know!" I can't help it. That really is an adult answer, isn't it. It's to not admit default. So I am MUCH better now. I feel like it is very offensive to me when people accuse me but I know this isn't true. I'm practicing being more humble. Ariel from Wisconsin

Thank-you for including this ~ I was searching the web for ideas for RAK and started reading your website. This part took me completely by surprize! Having been on the road to inner healing for quite a while I suddenly realized that this is maybe the most important act of kindness. For when a positive change takes place in anyone they impact those around them in a positive way often changing the future for the better. Claudia De Lange from South Africa

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