Many of us are still regretting the mistakes we made yesterday. We regret the past and forget that we have an opportunity today to correct them. The pencil maker gave a rubber on the back of the pencil for a reason. He knows mistakes occur while writing; there is an eraser right behind the pencil that you can use to correct those mistakes and write down the correct words. Similarly, you may make mistakes in life but God always gives you an opportunity called “Today” to correct them.
“For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.” Ecclesiastes 9:4 – the holy bible King James version!
This quote from the Bible emphasizes the advantage of being alive. Whether you are poor, old or sick, there is hope that your health will be restored or that you will become rich. It is only the dead that have lost everything. He who is dead has no life or opportunity to correct those mistakes but those who have life, can breathe, feel see and have greater hope.
3 Ways to use God’s Precious Gifts to grow above your mistakes:
You are alive and healthy and that is why you can read this post. This shows that you can accomplish something. God allowed you to see today because there is still hope for you to change your past mistakes and make a better tomorrow. So, you can either choose to make good use of it or waste it. Below are three steps to help you get over your past mistakes and turn a new leaf.
1. Stop Beating yourself up – embrace life:
“Give yourself a break. Stop beating yourself up! Everyone makes mistakes, has setbacks and failures. You don’t come with a book on how to get it right all the time. You will fail sometimes, not because you planned to, but simply because you’re human. Failure is a part of creating a great life. Stand up to it and handle it with grace. Because you can” – Les Brown
Mistakes are meant to happen. Know you are not the first person to make mistakes in life. The difference between you and others who have made the same mistakes is that they have forgiven themselves. Amitabh Bachchan wouldn’t have been where he is today if he didn’t forgive himself. In 2000 when the whole world was happy to cross into the new century, Amitabh said he was celebrating his disastrous fortune. He had no films, no company, no money and tons of legal cases hanging on his shoulders. Even his home was taken from him by the tax authorities but he didn’t sit down and blamed himself all day for his misfortune. He didn’t think of taking his own life. Instead, he appreciated God’s gift, the gift of life and worked day and night to reacquire his fortune. Today, someone whose company was labeled ‘sick’ is now the megastar celebrity.
2. Believe in yourself
“Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.”
– Roy T. Bennett
Professor at the University of California, Martin Covington, spoke on dangers of not believing in oneself. He said the fear of making mistakes can be directly linked to an individual’s sense of self-worth. According to him, people can protect themselves from making mistakes by believing in themselves. Believe you are competent and convince others too.
Bill Gates wouldn’t have been where he is today, if he had not capitalized on his mistakes and failures. Bill had a terrible start that was enough to make him lose faith in himself. Bill Gates and his partner Paull Allen wanted to sell their first software to the local County but failed. Their failure was as a result of a little mistake that they made during the exhibition of the software but even though they failed, Bill still believed in himself. Today, Microsoft, a product from Bill Gates is one of the biggest software and computer companies in the entire world and Bill Gates currently has a net worth of over US$81 Billion.
3. Start Now
“The beginning is always NOW.”
– Roy Bennett
There is no perfect time to start than now. God has given you the opportunity to be alive to correct your past mistakes, to make peace with those you have offended and to achieve your goals. There are people who became billionaires at the age of 25, some made their billions at the age of 50. It doesn’t matter when or where you are starting from, what matters most is taking action. Tomorrow might be too late to start.
God’s gift is the life you have today. The good health you are enjoying and the strength to do. So, do not let mistakes deter you from moving forward in life. Instead, learn from your mistakes and let the experiences guide you through life. Use the above-mentioned tips and make good use of your today and remember that ‘NOW’ is the time to take action and put it to good use.
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