We all make mistakes. However, some people learn from their mistakes and move on, while others continue to replay their mistakes in their minds over and over again like a broken record. One of the best things you can do for your peace of mind is to learn how to stop dwelling on the errors of the past. The Sedona Method is a great tool for accomplishing this.

Feelings of guilt often accompany making a mistake. Guilt erects a barrier between you and what you want in life. When you feel guilty you often feel the need to punish yourself. In addition, guilt creates a feeling of “I don’t deserve.” Release the guilt by forgiving yourself; mentally repeat the action correctly in your mind a few times and then let it go.

When you continually think about the things that you’ve done wrong, you undermine your self-confidence. Each time you think about a mistake you’ve made, it’s as if you’re making that mistake all over again. Soon you’ll convince yourself that you’re always making mistakes, when the reality is that you’re simply reliving the same mistakes on a continuous basis. Labeling yourself as someone who’s always making mistakes wrecks havoc on a person’s self-esteem.

Thinking of your mistakes can inhibit you from taking future risks. If every time you’re about to take a plunge you refer back to the time when you tried and things went wrong, it’s very likely these memories will paralyze you and keep you from taking chances. The correct approach to a mistake is to acknowledge it, correct it, and learn from it. Mistakes should not be used as a reference point that will continually remind you of how things can go wrong.

You draw into your life what you focus on. Thinking about your mistakes will not protect you from making future mistakes. Instead, it will cause you to repeat the same mistakes over and over again because that’s the mental image you’re holding in your mind. You have to keep your attention focused on the mark you want to hit. The moment your mind shifts to what you did wrong the last time, you lose focus of the mark.

So how can the Sedona Method help you to stop dwelling on your mistakes? The Sedona Method will help you to let go of the feelings you have about the past so that you can focus on the present. It’s a simple, yet powerful, easy-to-learn technique that helps you let go of any negative, uncomfortable or painful emotions you may be experiencing at any particular moment. When you make a mistake you can use the Sedona Method to help you release the negative emotional charge that accompanies making a mistake. You can then look at your mistake objectively, learn from it, and move on.

Acquiring the ability to stop dwelling on your mistakes will make you more effective, will increase your self-confidence, and will make you happier. Releasing with the Sedona Method is a great way to get started along this path.

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From Marelisa Fábrega, Founder and CEO of www.marelisa-online.com.