How can I not be discouraged by making mistakes?

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Last Updated: 07/09/2018 at 6:22pm
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Top Rated Answers
Pipstery
January 14th, 2015 9:41am
Making mistakes is a natural part of the learning process. Imagine learning to play a piano. Mistakes are necessary. So, if you make a mistake: sit down, take some time, and treat yourself as you would a friend who had made the same mistake. We are far more forgiving of others than we are of ourselves.
Amanda315
January 10th, 2015 5:33am
Making mistakes is human; everyone is prone to them! But realizing that there is such thing as a second chance really helps. Taking that leap to attempt whatever it is you're going for can be a real confidence boost, too, which may help reduce that feeling of discouragement.
Stephanie01101
March 12th, 2015 10:13pm
Perhaps look at each mistake as a learning experience! Every mistake gives you an opportunity to grow as a person by looking at where you went wrong and how you could better handle a similar situation in the future!
KendallNichole
March 13th, 2015 4:54pm
Mistakes aren't supposed to be bad things, they're supposed to be learning experiences! Instead of being discouraged, accept the mistakes you've made, they make you wiser and better! :)
Anonymous
June 7th, 2015 10:42am
Think of it as an experience that will help you know better the next time an occurrence as such rolls around again.
DragonFlyQueen
June 18th, 2015 1:41pm
The most important thing about making mistakes, is learning from them. It's ok to feel bad after making a mistake, but it's important not to dwell on it. Just think to yourself "what can I learn from this?" "what can I do to prevent myself from making the same mistake?".
Anonymous
June 22nd, 2015 8:08am
Just accept that from every mistake, you can learn. Failure is just a stepping stone to success. It does not matter how big the mistake is or how others would have done it. All you have to know, is that it was your mistake, not someone else's, and you can best learn from it. You can also teach others what you have learned.
LantisVal
August 4th, 2015 1:43am
Everyone makes mistakes everyday and , believe it or not, is what make us more strong for the future :)
Samalyn
August 11th, 2015 1:09am
It sounds so cliche but the biggest thing to do is learn from them. Make sure to get up when you fall, lean on people for support if you need it and refuse to make the same mistakes.
Anonymous
September 1st, 2015 3:45pm
Look over what you have done successfully and relish in the good things you did and reevaluate your goals and learn from that mistake.
Anonymous
November 9th, 2015 7:01pm
When we accept so-called failures and mistakes as part of learning any skill and as opportunities to improve, they suddenly stop being damaging. They become crucial to finding the adjustments we need to make in order to achieve our goals. Think of anything you learned to do in your life, most likely you didn’t get it right the first time, but through practice and dedication you eventually succeeded.
kirsteng123
November 23rd, 2015 7:05pm
Realize that making mistakes makes you human! Everyone makes mistakes of all sizes, big or small and those mistakes don't define you :)
h3idi
September 27th, 2016 3:33am
plan ahead for future similar situations, pick better solutions and use your mistakes as learning experiences
ThePosea
October 3rd, 2016 2:44am
Everyone makes mistakes, it's part of what makes us human, if we didn't make mistakes we would be gods, and that would be too much of a responsabilty so lucky us that we are capable of making mistakes :)
WorkInProgress11
October 17th, 2016 2:49pm
Everyone makes mistakes! I know that doesn't always make us feel better, but it does help sometimes. Look, you aren't perfect and you can't be perfect, but that's ok! An unfortunate side effect of being imperfect is that you sometimes make mistakes. But the good thing about mistakes is that they can often teach us something. If you try to look for a lesson in your mistakes, it's easier to stay positive. It's pretty cliché, but think about how many times Thomas Edison made a mistake when he was working on the lightbulb. He learned from each mistake and eventually got it right!
BloomingSakura
November 7th, 2016 12:20am
You can do that by always remembering people makes mistakes and it's usual since nobody is perfect. Instead,you should try to learn from your mistakes to do better next time
AmazingTurtle
March 27th, 2017 1:10am
Mistakes are part of life, you can't expect to be the best in something if you don't fail, you can always learn something new from your mistakes
Anonymous
June 5th, 2017 4:47pm
Making mistakes is part of being human. Everyone will mess up sometimes, the thing that can set you apart is getting back up and learning from your mistake. Look at it as something that you can benefit from by using the experience to become better.
viictoriia
July 4th, 2017 12:39am
give yourself permission to make mistakes; nobody's perfect and every single person has made/will make mistakes at some point in their lives. give everything you do your best effort so even if you fail at something, you'll know you did the best you could and you should find comfort/motivation in that, rather than focusing on the failure.
AmyJulianna
July 17th, 2017 2:54pm
Try to think of mistakes as great learning opportunities. Feel the joy of figuring out the correct way to solve a problem. Think about making mistakes as a side effect of being human, about being the beautifully imperfect creatures we all are. Think about what you didn't make a mistake on, this will make you feel more encouraged. Tell yourself, "If I did that, I can do this too. Thanks to this mistake, I now have the opportunity to learn something new!"
PassionatePeyton
August 21st, 2017 4:46pm
I know mistakes can we discouraging. However, I suggest trying your best to move on and learn from it. We're all human, and we make mistakes at times, so it's normal and you are not alone!
Anonymous
November 20th, 2017 4:35pm
Every human being in this world makes mistakes that's apart of life is like one way life teach us to learn each time u make a mistake is ok it brings a lesson with it don't feel bad about making mistakes everyone does them too just learn how learn and grow
Anonymous
November 21st, 2017 12:25am
We all make mistakes. But the best way to not be discouraged is by being encouraged. Join an friendly group that have goals to uplift you. There are tons of nonprofit organizations out there where the sole purpose is uplifting others such as church.
Anonymous
December 4th, 2017 4:05am
Take mistakes as signs in your way to the goal. It is showing you which move is right to get you to the point that you want. There is nothing who make you understand the situation more than making mistakes. It means you are trying, more importantly it means you have more knowledge, you are more experienced now after the mistake.
Anonymous
March 6th, 2018 2:32am
You can not be discouraged by making mistakes is because we all make mistakes through our lives but we eventually learn from it and than you would be facing new mistakes and challenges.
Anonymous
March 12th, 2018 11:14pm
To learn from the mistake you make and be a better person and to be able to move on to better things.
KaptainKurt1
April 23rd, 2018 2:12am
This is one that many people commonly struggle with, myself included. One thing we always have to keep in mind: mistakes teach us what not to do, and in a way I'm thankful for when I experience them. Try to learn a lesson from each one, and keep pushing on. One day, you won't have to deal with the same ones over and over again!
Anonymous
July 9th, 2018 6:22pm
Know that we all make mistakes, nobody is perfect. We fail, in many things. But the most important thing is to get back up and keep doing what you want and fighting for it. Mistakes should be lessons.