Monday, February 7, 2011

Making Mistakes

The fact that I continually make the same mistakes has been really frustrating me.  Last week I posted "A New Day," where I listed some great quotes about failing and not focusing on those failures from Gary Chapman's book The 5 Love Languages.  Wow!  I needed to "hear" that!  While I shouldn't dwell on past mistakes, I do think they can be the catalyst for change!

I've been reading more books to grow professionally and personally.  I ordered several new ones and am anxiously awaiting my Amazon order.  Meanwhile, John Maxwell's book Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success has been sitting collecting dust, unopened.  So, today I decided this will be my next read.  I've been so aggravated with myself regarding some customer service situations, procrastinating on business to dos, and not keeping myself as organized as I'd like.  Often, I seem to be making the same mistakes over and over.  Alas, I am human; therefore, I must remember I am not perfect.  But I still need to learn from my mistakes and make the necessary changes to improve.

Some people may resolve to think flaws are their inherent nature and give up.  I have decided, and keep deciding to decide, that I want to improve and work to change some of my "problem areas". 

I've never claimed to be perfect- ok, maybe jokingly to a select few!  With my blog, I strive to impart information to help others find success but I'm walking the same journey.  (See my "Who Am I" page.)  You must admit, there is a sense of relief knowing we are not alone in our struggles.  This is why I feel a support system is so critical!  Learning how others solve our same issues, finding tips for success, and sharing strategies will help us keep our motivation!

What are some areas in your personal and professional life that you would like to work on?  I'd like to hear from you, please leave a comment.

(So as I work on editing this before posting, I receive a relevant devotion in my email.  Click here for the link to view this Purpose Driven Connection Daily Hope.)


  1. Clutter is what I've been working on. It's such a huge topic right now but it's so hard for so many of us to get under control for some reason. I now keep a large box by my closet door as a constant reminder to reduce the amount of stuff I have and to separate the needs from wants when I make purchases. I ask myself if that item will be one other thing in that box one year from now or in my garage awaiting a garage sale. I love to shop so it's been a struggle!

  2. Failing Forward is one of my all time favorite books on my shelf. It expands your perspective on failure and sets you up to step out of failure and into success by finding the learning opportunity with each experience.