Time management tips rarely discuss using mistakes. Would you like to put mistakes to work for you, so that none of your time is wasted? You can. And you gather valuable gifts, if you bring the right energy to the process!
What I’m talking about is time that you look back upon with regret. Your mood might darken just to recall these periods of your life. But consider journeying within to experience, right down to your core, 3 fundamental truths:
Mistakes Are Okay.
When your heart is open, nothing is lost. Because when you fully embrace your experience, you learn life lessons that open you to new levels of energy and insight.
Mistakes Are Simply Lessons Waiting To Befriend You.
This is transformational wisdom, yours to claim if you embrace your humanity with eagerness to learn:
It Is Not What Does Or Does Not Happen That Matters. What Defines You And Shapes Your Path Is How You Respond Along The Way.
Each time you assume full responsibility for your life and dedicate yourself to reality, however difficult, you deepen your loyalty to yourself. In dedicating yourself to live this fully, you gain enormous resilience.
Your Path to Retrieve Lost Time Requires 3 Steps:
Reveal your heart.
Allow your heart to open to this moment’s lesson. The emptiness and the pain you experience may be undiminished. But by drawing closer to the intensity of your experience, rather than pushing it away, you fundamentally shift your relationship to the time you have “lost”.
Open the door to new insights.
Investigate these lessons that you allowed to enter your consciousness. And ask yourself these questions:
- What do you need to let go of to grow from this experience?
- What new insights can you carry forward as you continue your journey?
Wholeheartedly validate all good choices.
What a vital step this is! There is always – always something you can validate, if only your wish to learn from mistakes. Give yourself the compassion you would extend to a friend. After all, the work you do can be solitary and deeply challenging. Be the close friend and coach that you deserve. Truly celebrate your life path in all the ways it sustains you – allow your appreciation of yourself to grow!
When you open your heart, you let in more light to discover life’s lessons. And by expanding your spirit to embrace whatever feelings accompany your fresh insights, you are recalibrating the relative “size” of things.
In essence, you are declaring, “I am bigger than this mistake. I can deal with it and learn from it!” This fundamental act of self-loyalty enables you to fully claim your power. You refuse to allow loss, disappointment, setbacks, and regrets to overwhelm you.
Consider how much power you give yourself when you assert, right down to your essence, that nothing is lost!
Don’t waste another minute. How can you set aside time right now to review your life lessons, renew your faith in yourself, and reclaim your lost time?© Copyright 2011 Paula Eder, Ph.D.