Posts Tagged ‘mistakes’

We Are All Failures

July 26, 2011

Even the gravest of mistakes can be a blessing if you use it as a key to unlock inner storehouses of fortitude and resolve.

Failure is God’s own tool for carving some of the finest outlines in the character of his children.
Thomas Hodgkin

Behind every successful person is a trail of (more…)

Bring In the Light

December 4, 2010

Do you get mad at yourself for making mistakes, for not living up to your expectations, for not rising above your imperfections? If so, the worst thing you can do is beat yourself up for not being perfect. Focusing on what you do wrong ensures that you’ll never do those things right. It sounds radical, but learn to love your imperfections. After all, you would not be a complete person without your flaws.

Instead of mentally flogging yourself for your errors, (more…)

Bumbling is Humbling

October 31, 2010

Once I get past my initial dismay over making a dumb mistake or a poor decision, I feel gratitude for having made it. Rather than beat myself up for my errors, I challenge myself to look for the lessons in the mess I just made. Whether you believe that specific things happen in order to deliver specific lessons is irrelevant. No matter what the circumstances are, a brief excursion into introspection never fails to produce ideas on how I can become better and how I can avoid screwing up like that the next time the opportunity presents itself.

It constantly happens that the Lord permits a soul to fall so that it may grow humbler.
Saint Teresa of Avila

My mistakes remind me that perfection is an unreasonable goal and that humility is a necessary portal to enlightenment. Humility in no way (more…)

Your Own Permission

October 15, 2010

If you are not living an abundant life, chances are that you do not feel worthy of abundance. You probably think you have committed too many mistakes, experienced too many failures and made too many poor choices to deserve God’s blessings. I can relate. Then, while walking along a tree-lined country road this morning, I realized there were three reasons why I needed to work through my resistance:

Self-worth comes from one thing—thinking that you are worthy.
Wayne Dyer

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Do What Is RIght Today

September 16, 2010

Living a life of integrity begins right now. If others continue to define you by your past errors, so be it.

Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly, even if they roll a few stones upon it.
Albert Schweitzer

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Stop Making the Mistake of Thinking Mistakes Are Mistakes

December 15, 2009

It’s a maxim echoed by spiritual sages through the ages: Do your work without attachment to results. As the Bhagavad Gita, the greatest and holiest of ancient Hindu scriptures, states: “You are only to perform your duty without an eye on their fruits.”

One of the benefits to living this way is that it erases any stigma about “making mistakes.” Every action simply recalibrates the unified field, redirecting you to other possible outcomes. Trust this process; it is the road to wisdom.

You cannot fail, you can only produce results.
Wayne Dyer

Missteps, misfires, and mishaps are invaluable teachers. Architect and visionary Buckminster Fuller explained the value of mistakes through the analogy of a ship’s rudder. A ship tends to continue moving in the direction it is angled. The helmsman has to (more…)

You Cannot Fail!

August 18, 2009

mistake-eraserWalking a spiritual path is a lifelong process. Be kind to yourself and do not get discouraged when you mess up. Taking two steps forward and one step back still moves you in the right direction.

On those occasions when you do fall short of your expectations, view each slip-up as a teachable moment that gives you greater insight into your character and values.

Mistakes are an integral part of the process. By doing something wrong, you learn how to do it right. Not learning is not possible. You will not achieve great things until (more…)

Humbled but Unbowed

September 12, 2008

sixty-seconds-coverI had fun making a three-minute video to promote my book, Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything. I wrote the script and enlisted the help of two talented and generous friends—actor and filmmaker Jeffrey Goodson, and actress and singer Holly Schroeder. We got together and Holly interviewed me as if we were on a TV talk show. After Jeff’s typically superb editing, I posted the video on my website. Alas, you won’t find it there anymore. I trashed that bad boy a few hours later.

Why? From the start, I was leery of my acting ability. The more I tried to sound natural, the more I came off as rehearsed and inauthentic. Wondering if I was just being too hard on myself, I posted the video on my site and asked my ex-wife (whom I’m still very close to) and our daughter to critique it.