Here are 3 ways you can recover from past mistakes.
1. Use Them as Learning Opportunities
I believe that we actually learn more from our mistakes than we do from our successes.
In fact, the lessons learned from my many mistakes were learned much better than any textbook I ever read.
The mistakes we make remind us of how not to do something more than how to do something.
In my life, I gained much experience from doing things the wrong way, not intentionally, but by making honest mistakes. These lessons are valuable and tend to stay with us for a much longer period in our lives.
If not for all of my mistakes, I wouldn’t have learned as much as I have. I choose to use them as a learning opportunity and don’t let them discourage me.
Failure is never final, and, really, there is no success without first having failure. Thomas Edison said he didn’t fail in trying to invent a lightbulb; he just found 10,000 ways that didn’t work. His many “failures” ended up in success.
2. Forgive Yourself
This is one of the greatest hurdles for people who commit mistakes.
When people sin, they know that God will forgive them if they confess it (1 John 1:9). So why do we set a higher standard in forgiving ourselves?
We keep resurrecting our mistakes from the grave just like some people who go fishing for the sins that God cast into the sea of forgetfulness.
We must learn to forgive ourselves. Don’t we forgive others when they sin against us or make mistakes? (well we should) Then why can’t we forgive ourselves for making honest mistakes?
If we never forgive ourselves, then we are tying ourselves to the past and attaching a ball and chain to our ankle, preventing us from going forward in our life.
3. Stop Looking Back
Paul, being human, must have surely made his share of mistakes. But what did Paul think about the past?
Paul wrote, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14), because those who “run in such a way as to get the prize” never keep looking back; otherwise, they’ll stumble because they can’t see where they’re going.
No one drives a car in reverse or drives on the road focusing primarily on the rearview mirror.
We have to keep pressing ahead toward the prize of our high calling in Christ and run in such a way as to get the prize, not run in such a way that we keep looking over our shoulder.