From Your CRIT Counselor: Stepping Stones

“Don’t carry your mistakes around with you. Instead, place them under your feet and use them as stepping stones to rise above them.”

In life, we will make mistakes, face challenges and obstacles, and fail. Celebrating our victories and the good things that happen to us is joyous. We want to share our accomplishments with loved ones and sometimes even strangers.

It is much more difficult to discuss our misgivings. What we do after making a mistake, hurting someone, or facing a difficult situation says a lot about us. We can let those mistakes bring us down and live a life of defeat and negativity. Some people have a pattern of blaming others for their failures, errors, or bad fortune. When we do that, we give power to others over us. It trunks our ability to empower ourselves and manage our lives.

Do not let the mistakes of the past negatively affect your future. Our past does not automatically determine our future. Let us instead turn our challenges or mistakes into stepping stones that help us grow, develop resiliency, sharpen our skills, improve our problem-solving abilities, and enlarge our comfort zone.