If it is the case you, like me, repeat mistakes regularly, what can we learn from this? The answer may be tied very specifically to the mistake itself or, then again, it is possibly related to more general considerations. For the sake of this post, let’s look at three broad aspects.
1) The American Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön noted in her 2005 book When things fall apart: heart advice for difficult times, “nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” It might be useful to keep this in mind when we repeat mistakes regularly. After all, should we fail to learn from our errors the first time we make them, hopefully, we will do so the next time around.
2) If we repeat mistakes regularly it could be a sign we are not giving our actions the full attention they deserve or indeed require. It is so easy to undertake tasks in a slapdash, half-hearted manner without care almost. Unfortunately, we cannot always get away with this behaviour. There are times this level of effort is not enough for the moment.
3) It is fair to question the effectiveness of our learning efforts if we repeat mistakes regularly in relation to a particular field of professional development or study. We may wish to broaden our exposure to the material using differing methods. ‘Learning by heart’ is not necessarily the only way to acquire knowledge.
Other ideas are surely available to us, but for now though thanks for connecting here and reading this ‘Repeat mistakes regularly? What can we learn from this?’ post today.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer
Coach – Trainer – Adjunct Professor – Author
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer, Adjunct Professor and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate and individual clients.
As an Adjunct Professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Brian’s goal is to support through coaching, training and writing all who wish to reach their full potential, in education, work or life in general.
Heart Poems On Waves (2017)
The stage of work (2016)
Performance skills at work (2015)
Elements of theatre at work (2010)