Self-Improvement and Interesting Knowledge

In life we all make mistakes. It is essentially impossible to avoid not making a mistake. We are all human after all and as such it is really impossible for us to do anything without making some kind of mistake. The reason for this is that we are designed to learn from our mistakes, a mistake then is sort of like a correctional system the tells us how to do things better by showing us the wrong way to do it. Never get yourself down because you made a mistake as this is just a correctional system that we all use to better our final results.

There are times when we are performing certain tasks that do not allow us the freedom to make many mistakes. In these instances it counts that we make sure that we eliminate as many mistakes as possible. When this is the case, it is good to have a procedure at hand. This procedure can show you how you most often make mistakes and therefore can give you a heads up on how to curtail these errors before they happen.

The top five reasons why we usually make mistakes are:

1. Inexperience; any time that we lack experience, we are bound to make mistakes. When we attempt new things, things that we have never done before, it becomes very difficult to predict future actions and results. In order to avoid this most common mistake, make sure that you familiarize yourself as much as possible with your intended future task. Try to create simulations for yourself so that you are able to practice ahead of time and in this way anticipate any problems that might develop.

2. Forgetfulness; if there are people out there with perfect memories, then they must be very few indeed. Most of us tend to forget, and as a result we forget past experience. No one can remember everything, and keeping everything in mind before attempting any new task is also impossible. You can lower the mistakes that you make from forgetfulness by keeping a journal of certain key tasks that you do or might do in the future. In this way you can minimize some of the problem that comes from forgetfulness, but you must always remember as well to review this journal on a regular basis.

3. We deny problems; because of personal desire or fear, we sometimes deny the fact that we had made a mistake in the past. Even the fear of failure itself can cause us to forget, either consciously or unconsciously, that we had failed before doing a related task. In order to overcome this problem you must always try and stay as objective as possible. Realize that a mistake can be made by anyone and that any emotional attachment is really a fundamental waste of energy. Be objective and look at your successes and your failures objectively, and in this way discover better strategies and better attitudes while engaging in future tasks. Denial of the problem will only create more problems in the future.

4. We have no alternative; we often make mistakes because we believe that we have no alternatives. The feeling that we don’t have any other way to deal with a problem stems from a lack of experience, ability, and skill. This particular reason for mistakes is very much linked to our first reason for typical mistakes, which is lack of experience. It is always imperative that you try to develop new skill with every mistake you make. As you identify your mistake, try to find solutions for the future and through the development of the solutions try to develop also the skills required for future accomplishment.

5. Habit; as I have mentioned in other articles, routine can be a big killer of the imagination. Habits make us feel safe in that by following a particular routine there is no need to think or to put ourselves outside of our comfort zone. If you expect something to be a certain way out of habit, then you will be blinded to unexpected circumstances which you could not foresee because of your dogmatic attitude. Always therefore try to see things from different perspectives, try new approaches, and push yourself to think outside the box. The animal the follows his habits and routines blindly is easily trapped.

By reviewing the five reasons above, you should be able to greatly reduce the amount of mistakes that you make while attempting any future task. The idea here is to try to be well prepared and create alternatives and solutions for any future mistakes by examining the most probable reasons why mistakes are made in the first place. We all make mistakes and we must realize the mistakes are there to show us a better way to do things in the future. Learn from these mistakes and also practice the above five; in this way you should be able to either profit from any mistake that you make or avoid making mistakes in the future when you are engaged in a highly competitive game.








  1. Hey John, thanks for this post.
    Making mistakes is a huge bugbear for me. As a carpenter on a commercial construction site I invariably make mistakes on every task I perform. Despite been called a very good carpenter in all sorts of situations and by many other carpenters, I feel like I am a poor carpenter, as I make so many mistakes and often have to do parts of jobs twice – really, really annoying. Some days are ‘A’ for awesome as the work flows beautifully and any mistakes are minor, but mostly it is like I am learning to do things almost from a position of inexperience. I say that because every job is different and most often involves finding a solution or method of doing something that is different from a “normal” situation. How to pull retrospect closer to present time of doing a task in order to offset the type of mistakes that cause me to have to undo something and redo it.
    Your points are great and I am aware of them but somehow don’t apply them. Trying to get my memory up to par so that I can draw on past experience is frustrating.
    Another problem is looking at numbers and reversing them, or sometimes seeing a number such as 457 and writing the the 5 first and realizing what I have done write the 4 and 7 on either side. Reading a tape measure is usually always done upside down – in my view they are made for left handed people.
    I am aware that my eyes are different from each other and not only have different focal ranges, but seem to look at the world from slightly different angles.
    When I do allot of shamanic type exercises or gazing I am aware that in one eye the energy pools as though coming in and the other sparkles as though the energy is projecting, which may explain the visual issues I have along with not having learnt to process the incoming data efficiently.
    From the times that I have gathered enough energy it is apparent that all my issues are energy related – as in low energy. High energy means foremost to me; illumination, imagination, forbearance and grounding. The struggle to gather more energy and keep has become a hardship as the consolidated energy is eventually harvested from around me. I feel it as a harvesting in exactly the same way a farmer harvests the wool from a sheep. How do I keep my energy, the brilliance and shimmer that is my coat of awareness from those beings that salivate over it? I feel like I am picked on, that I am targeted, a victim. It is an untenable feeling. I am reading your books so wish me luck. Also it is good to talk to someone who knows what he talking about, who talks straight and doesn’t want to pilfer my energy in some way.
    Your information is great and I hope you can reply to this with some illumined thoughts, knowledge and hope. I could do with some perspective and hope. At 47 I feel my age creeping up on me with its decrepitude and I want to keep my souls alive and burnished bright and shiny.
    Great blog

    1. Hi Paul,
      Please let me begin by saying that it is a real pleasure reading your comment, it is lucid, well written and enlightening.
      Any worry that you might have concerning the state of your energy as it pertains to your cognitive abilities should be instantly dispelled, I feel, because it is easy to see from this post that you have a highly coherent mind, and are highly perceptive.
      When I write, even as I write this reply to you, I make many many mistakes. I think that writing is a hard process that requires a great deal of examination. This is so because nothing is ever the same; as I look at the concepts and the ideas in my mind’s eye, putting such concepts on (digital) paper can take quite a lot of mental effort, because words will never be enough to contain or completely explain those inner concepts and ideas fully.
      They say that writing is an art form. It is so because, as I have said, it involves the ability to take an internal thing, a highly complex and ethereal thing, that straddles another plane of existence that is free of time and space, and it tries to manifest this ethereal thing in this dimension in written form. This is a highly complicated task, and the better that a person is able to do this, the better that the art becomes.
      As a carpenter you do the same thing, you create, you bring to life internal concepts and give them true concrete essence. And the fact that you openly admit that you make mistakes and often times need to redo your work, speaks of the impeccable nature needed to become a true artist. Furthermore it is this discipline of impeccability (that is the ability to discipline yourself to go back and fix what you think is poorly done, until it is perfect) that fills a person with more energy.
      This discipline, this ‘Will to Power’ as Nietzsche would say, is what is at the heart of all art and mystical discipline. It requires that we constantly wrestle with our minds, being that they are such poor and undisciplined things; one would dare say that the mind almost seems to be against us 🙂
      But this Will to Power is all that there is, and we all struggle, that is our fate. Few of us have this kind of discipline…but I think you do.
      Continue to use your work therefore as a catalyst and as a vehicle towards greater power and cognitive expansion, you seem to be doing well. As I said, this thoughtful and articulate post is proof of this.
      To keep your energetic essence I suggest that you practice the techniques that I mention in the book, Overcoming the Archon Through Alchemy, specifically the techniques mentioned in Chapter seven, relating to the IN polarity. Moreover, see if you can apply the ‘Will to Power’ that you have developed in your work, into other aspects of your life; like washing dishes, talking to others, walking, studying, or any of the things that you do on an average day. Start slowly but start.
      Eventually this discipline will help you in all aspects of your life, and do remember to not worry about what others have to say when they see that you have to correct your mistakes over and over again. This is a warrior’s humbleness after all.
      And lastly, 47 is not old. Age, and the dissolution that usually comes from age, is mostly the result of a lack of that discipline that I keep talking about.

  2. Thank you so much for your great reply and the buoyancy I experience with your encouraging words.

    I think that I can use your suggestions effectively enough to make an impact on the way I perceive life. I have your Overcoming the Archons book and am using its techniques which is the reason I had enough energy to write lucidly. I feel my eagerness to rush ahead wildly with enthusiasm employing the techniques you have written about in your books, but have to reign all that in and tend to the basics so that I have a solid foundation to center myself on.

    “Eventually this discipline will help you in all aspects of your life, and do remember to not worry about what others have to say when they see that you have to correct your mistakes over and over again. This is a warrior’s humbleness after all.”

    I see huge potential with applying this to my situation – it will be my not-doing to my pride. Just pure gold.

    Thanks John. I am glad we have conversed with keyboard.

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