Of course, mistakes are opportunities to learn and grow.
But let’s face it, sometimes mistakes are beyond repair.
For example, in basketball if the player commits a traveling infraction, it is a turnover and loss of possession. The mistake cannot be fixed for that occasion. True, the player should learn from his mistake and realize he has to dribble before he can run with the ball. If a player continually makes the traveling infraction, causing his team to lose the ball over and over again, the coach will pull the player from the game. Eventually, the player either learns to dribble when running with the ball or finds another sport or endeavor to explore.
What do we do when we, or the people we love, can’t seem to learn from their mistakes? How long should we leave the player in the game who continues to travel, causes multiple turnovers, and hurts the team? How long do we pour energy into a failing business, stay in an abusive relationship, cover for an underperforming colleague or pursue an endeavor where we consistently fail?
Sometimes a mistake is a mistake. And as much as we want to try to make it right, it’s just not possible.
But that doesn’t mean we need to be pessimistic, depressed or downtrodden about it.
Sometimes mistakes can be opportunities to move forward in a new direction.
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