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  • Writer's pictureJessica Parsons

Avoid Repeated Mistakes With These 7 Tips

Most of us live lives riddled with the same mistakes, relived time and time again. Think of a bad habit you have. You're most likely not alone; bad habits are common, but life doesn't have to be this way. We have the ability to learn from our past and break toxic cycles.

We can make wiser decisions and behave differently in the future. Bad habits and making mistakes can be comfortable and seem easier to us, like cutting corners. That's why it's hard to change. But life is much more fulfilling to those who decide to change for the better.

Imagine a life where you can only make a particular mistake one time. How much easier and more successful would your life be? It's important to make mistakes, otherwise, how would we learn? But it is also true that many of the mistakes we repeat severely limit our progress.

Eliminating repeated mistakes and breaking bad habits is developing a new skill. So don't forget to celebrate your milestones! Here are 7 tips to help you reach this point in life.

1. Identify your mistakes.

You can’t avoid what you don’t identify. The first step to problem solving is to admit that there's a problem in the first place. Many don't make it past even this! Look back over the last few days and think about mistakes you made. Do the same considering the past year, and then your entire life. You owe it to yourself to be honest.

2. Notice your habits and behaviors.

A mistake is made usually because of bad habits and behaviors that led you to a certain point. Eventually, if the cycle is not broken, these patterns will lead to repeated mistakes. These are the mistakes that deserve your focus, and working on them will have a great impact on your life.

3. Make a plan.

Though identifying your mistakes and habits is a great start, it's not enough to break them. It's important to have a plan going forward. What will you do when the same situation arises in the future? How will you avoid visiting the same road before? Identify how you want to handle things. Consider journaling or talking to a professional. Without a plan, you're bound to repeat your mistakes.

4. Harness the power of habits.

If you're regularly making the same mistakes, this is a perfect circumstance for developing a new habit. The best way to replace a negative habit is to create a new, positive habit.

  • Suppose you're consistently late for work. A beneficial habit to develop might be to wake up 30 minutes earlier.

  • If you drink too much soda, a good habit to create might be to carry water with you everywhere you go.

5. Understand the negative impact of your mistakes.

Ensure that you understand the full impact your mistakes are having on your life and those around you. Typically, the choices you make don't just affect you, but your family and friends, too! You'll be more motivated to avoid repeating them if you have a complete understanding of how they negatively impact your life because pain is a significant motivation for humans. What pain are your mistakes causing you? Don't be afraid to sit with this and soak it in.

6. Understand the benefit of new, positive behavior.

Fortunately, humans are also motivated by pleasure. Identify the benefits you will receive by changing your behavior. It's not enough to casually recognize the benefits. It's imperative to visualize the benefits and create an emotional charge.

7. Check up on yourself regularly.

Notice when you've made a new mistake, repeated an old mistake, or avoided an old mistake. Checking yourself regularly is the best way to continue making progress.

No one likes to make mistakes, but it's simply a part of life. However, just because mistakes are common doesn't mean we have to continue making the same mistakes over and over again.

Ensuring that you make a mistake only once is a great way to enjoy your life more and to experience more success. Vow to yourself that you're only going to make a particular mistake once. Once is enough!

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Nov 29, 2022


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