I know it can be hard to stop the tape playing over in your mind. What happened, how it happened and what you wish didn’t happened. But remember, people understand making mistakes. In fact, it is likely that you are thinking about it more than anyone else.
When you require yourself to hit the bull’s-eye every time, you create a false expectation of yourself and others. Subsequently, you probably find it difficult to accept your mistakes and forgive others for theirs. The greater shame is that you miss the good fortune of the mistake — the lesson. Plus, you set the conditions for yourself to have to repeat it again.
Letting go requires three steps:
1. Acknowledge responsibility.
Without shame or guilt, take responsibility for the mistake.
2. Look for and learn the lesson.
You subconsciously created the lesson. Understand what you were to learn.
3. Share what you learned with someone else.
By sharing the lesson with someone else, you replace your feelings of disappointment with feeling of gratitude for the opportunity to help someone else. This is how you mature. Additionally, when you share the lesson, it works as therapy for you in that it releases its power over you.
By the way, don’t let imperfect people hold you to a perfect standard.
This is an excerpt from the book Self-Esteem for Dummies. For my free 90-minute audio course sign up here, How to Create Buzz and Grow Your Life and Business.
Copyright 2018. All rights reserved. S. Renee Smith