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People who struggle to be successful frequently repeat the same mistakes over and over.

The habit of repeating mistakes can be corrected, but it will take time, intention, and effort.

Start by developing a weekly habit of examining your mistakes and producing better alternatives for the next time. 

Just as the strength of its weakest link limits a chain, we can limit our success by the quality of our worst decisions.

Eliminating mistakes is a simple and powerful way to become more successful in many areas of your life. 

Try this process to minimize the number of mistakes you make:  

1. Set aside some time for reflection once a week. Have a specific time each week that you use to look back on and examine your week. Schedule it into your week just like anything else of high importance.

2. Look back at all the notable events from your week. Consider every important interaction and decision you made during the week. 

    • Reflect on your interactions with your family and the decisions you made related to those interactions. How did you handle your kids (if you have them)? Did you have positive interactions with your partner?  What about the other people in your household or that you regularly see in your life?
    • Think about your financial decisions. Include your spending and how you managed to pay your bills. Investing decisions can be included, too.  Consider whether your financial decisions are moving you toward your goals or throwing up roadblocks to achieving them.
    • What happened at work? How was your presentation? Did you hire or fire someone? Are you feuding with someone? Were you ever late for work? Did your boss yell at you?  How have the interactions at work affected you? Use your journal to help you decompress from the day’s work and the experiences you had.
    • Examine your health. Did you eat nutritiously this week? Did you sleep well? Did you get enough exercise? Keep track of the less-than-healthy habits you have and determine if you can phase them out or stop them altogether. What might be the beneficial results of doing that?
    • Include anything else that seems important. Contemplate everything important to you, including anything that involves your friends and neighbors.

3. Ask yourself what you could have done better. Where did you make mistakes? Go back over your entire week and consider how each situation could have been managed more effectively.  

    • It’s like asking yourself what you would do if you could go back in time and live that experience all over again.  
    • Odds are that you’ll have the opportunity to experience a comparable situation in the future. Most of our lives are filled with routines and habits. There’s not a lot of novelty from week to week.

4. Look for trends in your behavior. We’re all prone to making similar mistakes repeatedly. Even in completely different situations, we tend to make the same sorts of mistakes. 

    • Are you assuming too much? Are you too impatient? Are you inconsiderate? Are you acting without getting enough information? Are you ignoring your family? 
    • If you can correct a trend in your decision-making, you can eliminate a lot of future errors. 

5. Visualize yourself handling the situation in a more effective manner. Try to find solutions to challenging situations. Then, see yourself in the same situation, only you’ll take a novel approach this time. Visualize things working out well.  

    • This step is super powerful, so avoid skipping it. A few minutes can really make an enormous difference.

6. Think about what you did well, too! Recognize those successes and resolve to continue responding in the same way to those situations. Keep the good stuff and change the bad. 

Leaps and bounds will enhance your success in life if you simply take the time to eliminate your mistakes. You’ll become increasingly effective each week as you make fewer mistakes.

Success isn’t all about doing spectacular things. It’s just as much about not making spectacular blunders. 

Avoid making the same mistake twice. Recognize your shortcomings each week and banish them from your life. 

Affirmations to Help Boost Your Comfort Level with Success

Money has a positive impact on my life.

I surround myself with supportive people.

I deserve success.

I am open to surprising business endeavors.

Money and success are lining up for me.

I am powerful and able to achieve anything.

Reaching my goals is within my reach.

I am prepared for success.

I am already on the right path toward success.

I have creative and unique ideas.

I always make good decisions toward success.

Affirmations to Counteract the Fear of Success

I am resilient.

I am a magnet for success.

I am doing my best.

I am worthy of my dreams.

I release my fears.

Being successful will not change who I am.

I am making positive changes toward success.

I do not let obstacles overwhelm me.

I am grateful for the opportunities that come to me.

I act with courage and faith.

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About the Author Dianne Daniels

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and currently residing in Norwich, Connecticut, Dianne M. Daniels' mission is to empower women 50+ to Amplify their Self-Confidence, Deepen their Self-Knowledge, Inspire Creativity, and Glide into the next phase of their lives with the Power of Journaling, Affirmations, and Assessments.

You can learn how to use these time-tested, proven practices to create and manifest the life you want (and deserve) to live.

Dianne is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister with a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. She's an avid reader, a lover of old houses (she renovated an 1850s vintage Greek Revival home with her family) and has been journaling since the age of 9.

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