How to Move Past Your Mistakes


Have you ever felt that the world was crumbling around you? Or that the plan you set for yourself was not the best? A mistake can take a short time to make but an extremely long time to correct. Listen, girl, you can make it through and keep pushing! Below are some tips to keep a positive mindset on campus, in the workplace, or anywhere even when things seem unlikely for you.

First thing is to accept the situation for what it is. You made a mistake. Do not hide yourself from it or try to deny the making of the mistake in some fantasy world because you are trying to rid your mind of the mistake instead of dealing with it. Someone else is creating a game plan to become a greater being. You presented the wrong information in front of the whole class? Okay, just know next time do more background research beforehand. Maybe you were extremely late for a meeting, perhaps made the wrong first impression? Understand that now you may have to work twice as hard as your peers to create a new reputation for yourself. The point is to know that the mistake was made and to do all things in your power to make sure it does not happen again.

Another tip is to understand what you did wrong the previous situations. You have to know what the mistake was in the beginning to correct it in the end. Take time and critically think about the choices you made all the way up to when the mistake occurred. If you cannot see the signs now, you will not be able to see the signs later, thus placing you in the same position you were in at first. If needed, ask a trusted friend or a more experienced individual in the workplace to see if the person can help you identify what went wrong and be ready for this trusted individual to tell you the truth.

Thirdly, remind yourself of why you are in your current position. Keep telling yourself that you would not have these great opportunities if they were not meant for you. You can and you will become greater than this mistake if you work towards becoming greater. Furthermore, if you are spiritual or religious, do what it is accepted within the realms of your belief and remind yourself of that purpose. It is easy to forget how far we have come after making a mistake.

Most importantly, do not be afraid to try again. You cannot let one situation stop you from being great in the long run. Everyone makes mistakes. Every single person you have ever met has made a mistake. It is not only about the mistakes you make, but what you choose to do after those mistakes are made. You have to understand that no one is perfect. Do not let yourself fall short of what you can really become.

Mikyala Moore

Dillard University student from Kansas City who majors in criminal justice and wants you to know what I am thinking.