Mindful Living Challenge – Learning From Mistakes {Week Nine}

“Remember that life’s greatest lessons are usually learned at the worst times and from the worst mistakes.” – Unknown

Having perfectionistic tendencies have held me back from learning a great many lessons in life.

When I make a mistake, whether that’s in cooking, driving, gaming, blogging, crafting, etc., I feel very poorly about myself. Instead of being able to say, I’ll know what to do next time (or what not to do next time), I say to myself, Why didn’t you do the right thing THIS time?

I don’t really know what it means to take a situation and learn from it. Usually, I allow my mistakes to haunt me instead of teach me. If I say something stupid, or I make a simple mistake, I keep replaying it in my head, as if that will help me to work through it. I’m tired of doing this to myself.

Recently, the Lord has been helping me to see just how much my perfectionist nature is severely impacting my life in negative ways. It is because of what He’s teaching me that I’m writing this

I want to try new things, and I want to be fine if I fail. I want to see that even when something doesn’t come naturally to me, new skills and strengthened understanding are worth working for.

I want to play games, try out new recipes, attempt DIY projects, and expand my knowledge on various subjects and allow myself the room I need to grow. I don’t want to only participate in activities that come naturally to me; I want to move out of my comfort zone.

I want to enjoy trying new things without the need to always succeed.

I’m making learning from mistakes part of the Mindful Living Challenge because it’s something huge in my life that needs working on. I’m praying about it, thinking things through, and changing my views toward it, because I’m tired of living in the past and only doing what is easy.

I’m going to start accepting the fact that I’m human, that mistakes are inevitable and are actually necessary and beneficial, because that is how I will truly learn.

In the next few weeks, you will start seeing more creative / educational posts on my blog. One of my current focuses is trying new things, and any time those things don’t work out the way I think they will, I’ll stay positive and try again. I can’t wait to see where these optimistic changes will take me! ❤

Why I Want To Learn From Mistakes:

  • I want to start baking and crafting again (I stopped both because I was afraid of failing).
  • It is very important that I learn from the past instead of being burdened by it.
  • It will improve my overall quality of life.
  • I’ll be able to make progress and enjoy the process of learning.
  • I’ll become the person the Lord desires for me to be.

Why do you want to learn from mistakes?
Will you join me on this challenge?

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

Come visit my Christian living blog, Living For His Delightfor more inspiration and encouragement!

10 thoughts on “Mindful Living Challenge – Learning From Mistakes {Week Nine}

  1. Great post Maggie!!
    Yes! We must learn from our mistakes. I was not able to give my final examinations because of health issues and I have to repeat ninth grade. It wasn’t entirely my mistake, but my mistake had been that I did not take care of my health. So, now I know that I should lead a more healthier lifestyle.
    Don’t give up! The main thing is that you realised your mistake and you are strong enough to come over it! Be strong and don’t give up!


  2. Maggie, I admire your new resolve! Trying new things is not only fun, but good for your brain, too. I read a recent study that says it’s even proving to help prevent dementia later in life.


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