It happened again.

That same dumb mistake you made last month.

You thought you’d learned from that mistake, but, apparently not.

It’s hard, staring your own imperfections in the face, realizing you’re not as on top of life as you thought.

It’s tough when you’ve made a mistake, knowing you can’t revert time and prevent them from happening.

It’s happened to all of us, and as much as we’d like life to flow smoothly, easily and perfectly, without hiccups or mistakes, it happens.

We are all imperfect humans.

We are bound to make mistakes at one time or another. Here are four ways I tackle imperfections and you can too.

Admit It

Seeing your error and admitting your mistakes goes a long ways. If you’ve unintentionally hurt someone else, make sure you sincerely apologize.

On the flip side, you also need to forgive yourself and move forward. It’s impossible to move forward if you keep looking backward.

Learn from It

Just because you’re learning from your mistakes, doesn’t mean you might not inadvertently repeat them in the future.

The key is to be deliberate in your actions and think it through. What happened the last time you were in a similar situation? What will you do differently next time?

Slow Down

In the past, most of my mistakes came from moving too quickly or completing work too fast. When time is of the essence, make it matter by taking the time to do your work one time. I love the rule in The Ultimate Sales Machine about only touching your work once.

If you’re a hurry, maybe it’s not such a great idea to tackle that project right now. Take some time to get organized, plan your days and schedule your time.

Forgive Yourself

Often times, we are the hardest on ourselves. Now, that doesn’t give you an excuse to slack off. You should always seek to challenge yourself personally and professionally by learning and growing. But you should forgive yourself, stop holding on to the guilt of your mistakes, and move forward. After all, every day is a new day to life your best life.

How do you move past imperfections so you can live your best life?

We are bound to make mistakes at one time or another. Here are four ways I tackle imperfections and you can too.


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