How to Learn from Your Mistakes – FutureGrowAcademy

Dr. Ankit Sharma, PhD

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Learn from Your Mistakes

Let us start today’s article with a quote from famous American philosopher John Dewey: “Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.” Not only he but many eminent scholars & personalities also regard Failure as the stepping stone to success. It is not essential to make mistakes; we all do that. What is important is to Learn from Your Mistakes. We need to realize the lesson from our mistakes to make them again.

Why Learning from Mistakes is Important

Learn from Your Mistakes

Nowadays, mistakes are not accepted effortlessly & are occasionally over-punished. Now & then, school assessments focus more on failures than on learning. We can see it often with some children. The fear of making a mistake freezes them so much that they keep away from participating in a class for fear of making a mistake. Despite phrases like” we learn from our mistakes, fall twice, get up three times,” & knowing that life & science happen through trial and error – we still do not accept our mistakes readily.

Sometimes we even get used to making the same mistake over & over again without learning anything from it. Nowadays, many companies & entrepreneurs ask how many times an applicant has failed before hiring them to ensure they won’t make the same mistakes again. They don’t ask what type of lesson the applicant has earned. The measure of perfection in learning is just a tale. Consequently, it is essential to value the mistakes we make when we are in the learning process instead of punishing or penalizing ourselves, considering what can be learned from it.

We can curtail children’s disappointment when faced with a big challenge & strengthen the possibility that they should continue to try & not give up. They must know with diligence; you can achieve anything without affecting your self-esteem since it has nothing to do with who you are but what you do. We mustn’t recognize the error because being and doing are two entirely different things.

Ways to Learn from Your Mistakes

Learn from Your Mistakes

We cannot avoid making mistakes, but we can try to learn from them. While aching at the time, understanding how they occurred & what you’re going to do next turns a rough truth into a positive life lesson.

1. Admit Your Mistakes

This is possibly the most challenging step. It’s important to remember that just because you made a mistake doesn’t show that your whole life is a mistake or you are bound to make mistakes. It doesn’t mean that there’s no hope or use for you. If you’re avoiding admitting something you regret, it’s because you think it describes you now – but it doesn’t. No one is perfect & if you make mistakes, it also means that you’re learning & growing, which is courageous, & in the end, gives you an advantage.

List all of the things you feel you have made mistakes in the past (or recently) on a sheet of paper. Add on an affirmative phrase such as “and that’s ok.” For example, “I forgot the important meeting date, I made a mistake, but I am a human.” Letting yourself acknowledge the deficiencies in your life & reframe them with the second phrase can be therapeutic & interrupts old thinking patterns that are no longer helpful for you.

2. Allow Some Compassion for Yourself

Don’t belittle yourself over making a mistake. Instead, allow yourself some compassion. Studies have found that empathetic acceptance of your mistakes can boost your fortitude to reach your goals. Allowing a bit of compassion for yourself will help you to make the best out of the unfavorable situation & use it to help you in the future. Try mirror work. Spend some minutes a day looking at yourself in the mirror, & saying, “I forgive myself for…” to move past any regret you’re holding on to.

3. Ask Yourself the Tough Questions

Recognizing why something happened means looking at how your actions led to a mistake, & your contribution to the result. This isn’t like blaming yourself; it’s about learning to avoid the same thing happening & notice the signs before the situation arrives. Writing down or uttering the answers to those questions might be difficult. But recognizing what happened in detail can help you to amend your mistake & avoid it happening again in the future. Note down all of your thoughts about the mistakes. Write for some time to release any negative emotions about the event & to have a new perspective.

4. Create a Growth Mindset

Shame can be brutal to come over because when you’re feeling shame, you can’t say to yourself, “I made a mistake”; you say, “I am a mistake.” This mindset stops you from learning & prevents solutions because we often don’t believe things can improve at that point. A growth mindset can be developed when you start to believe you can change for the better. It’s contrary to shame, which says you are a terrible person & you can never change, no matter how hard you try.

5. Develop an Action Plan

As you reflect on how you can improve in the future, make a specific plan that will stop you from repeating the mistake. Think about what led to this mistake earlier. Be as thorough as possible but stay flexible while implementing the plan. First, make sure you know how to avoid committing the same mistake in the future. Create an ‘if-then’ plan to set yourself up. Think of all the ways your plan could go south & work out how you would handle each in advance. That way, you will be confident your plan will work. You will be convinced you can control the situation, too, if the plan goes wrong.

6. Make it Difficult to Mess Up

Let’s say that you’re trying to get into the habit of jogging. Your alarm goes off every morning at 5:00 & you hit the snooze button & go back to sleep. This is visibly a mistake if you’re trying to be healthy. You have to stop making pretexts if you want to see results. Don’t depend only on your willpower to prevent you from taking shortcuts or giving in to instant gratification. Instead, augment your chances of success by making it difficult to make a mistake. Remember, no matter how hard it is to change a behavior or a habit, there is a time when the decision is made to either do it or not do it. Choose the second option, no matter how hard it may seem.

7. Try To Teach Others

If someone messes up & then realizes the wisdom, they have been gifted with, & they may share it with a group. Teaching others can make all of the hardships you went through useful – whether helping other people facing the same struggles or helping people to avoid the problem. Learning by teaching has been proven to be very efficient. You reiterate what you already know when you help other people to learn from your mistakes. This step is only to be taken once you have included the lessons you learned along the way entirely & have seen a positive change in your life because of them.


you react to them. It is essential to recognize that mistakes are unavoidable & living by trial & error is part of our natural evolution. Growth starts as soon as you identify & admit your mistake & make an honest effort to determine what went wrong. Once you can acknowledge your limitations & overcome obstacles, you will be moving toward success. There are many ways to Learn from Your Mistakes, just follow those steps.

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