Most people will agree that forgiveness is powerful. When you forgive somebody who has wronged you, not only are you releasing them, but you are releasing yourself from a holding them prisoner or responsible for painful circumstances in your life. The person who benefits most from forgiveness is you.
And yet, as hard as forgiveness can be, usually we find that the most difficult person of all to forgive is ourselves.
Unfortunately, we live inside of our minds all by ourselves! We have way too much time on my hands to think and reflect. We have to make a choice about what we’re going to think and reflect on.
When we spend a lot of time rolling on our past mistakes, feeling guilty, giving ourselves a pity party, beating ourselves up, it hinders us from moving forward and imagining for what we can achieve.
Constantly meditating on failure only produces more failure in our lives. It renders us immobile and unable to move forward.
The best thing that we can do for ourselves when we make mistakes in our careers,our business, in our relationships or our finances, is to forgive ourselves so that we can be free to move ahead.
Trust me, I know this is easier said than done. But like anything else in life, we get better at it with practice. Every day, we have to practice dwelling on the positive.
So when you feel yourself replaying an old mistake and how crappy it made you feel, challenge yourself in that moment to think positively and with forward motion instead. Challenge yourself and say: “Yes, I made that mistake. But this is the lesson that I have learned and this is what I’m doing differently today to make sure I stay on the path of achieving my goals.”
What do you think? What are your tips for forgiving yourself? Share with me in the comments below.
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