How to Stop Repeating Your Mistakes

How to stop repeating your mistakes

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Every Friday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, shares the “Friday Fix”—a short episode featuring a quick, actionable tip or exercise to help you manage a specific mental health issue or concern.

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Friday Fix: Episode 113

Whether you want to pay off your debt or you want to start hitting the gym five days a week, there’s a good chance you’ll make some mistakes along the way.

Mistakes aren’t necessarily bad. They can be great learning opportunities. But, the truth is, we don’t always learn from our mistakes. In fact, we often repeat the same mistakes. 

When you repeat a mistake, you might be tempted to draw inaccurate conclusions about yourself. You might think you lack willpower or you might start to believe you’re incapable of change. Ultimately, your mistakes may cause you to stop trying to reach your goals.

But sometimes, a few simple changes to the way you respond to a mistake makes a huge difference. 

In this Friday Fix episode, I share six strategies that can help you avoid repeating your mistakes. Whether you keep drinking more than you intend or you spend your paycheck the minute you get paid, experiment with these strategies to help you stop making the same mistakes over and over again.

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By Amy Morin, LCSW
Amy Morin, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk,  "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time.