As humans, we all make mistakes. They’re unavoidable and are a part of life. Still, no one wants to look like a fool. Especially when others think highly of you. Not to mention the gut-wrenching feeling that happens when you realize a mistake was made. Although mistakes are often uncomfortable, they can be an opportunity for self-growth. Instead of ignoring your mistakes, fight them face to face and learn from them.

Take Responsibility

How can you make a step in the right direction if the mistake isn’t yours? I know admitting to an error will feel uncomfortable, or embarrassing. Even so, others will redeem your respect that you were honest.

Fix It

There’s a good chance your mistake can still be resolved. You can start by apologizing. When you apologize, don’t mention any excuses. Sometimes an apology is all that’s needed to fix a mistake. You might need to go the extra mile and physically help them. If you spilled coffee on someone, you’d apologize and clean the mess, right?

Forgive Yourself

Don’t let your mistake degrade your self-confidence or self-worth. It’s often easier said than done. Whoever was affected by your mistake won’t remember this for the rest of their life. Most likely, the mistake is no big deal. Your only human for crying out loud. Besides, mistakes are what help us improve.