Commit To Applying Lessons Learned

By Brian Maloney

When growing up as a child, the concept of learning a
lesson becomes so routine, that many of us just set it aside
as unimportant like many other principles that otherwise
should be heeded.

It is so true that all of us are mortal. Furthermore, all of us
are fallible and no one is absolutely perfect. However, there
are some people who would argue this about themselves or
someone they know.

My contention is the people who perpetually make many
crucial mistakes in their lives and continue to make the
exact ones again, are not taking the necessary steps to
correct themselves.

Simply put, carelessness, laziness, or mere insecurity in
oneself are the primary reasons lessons due to mistakes
are not applied.

Changing ones mindset and attitude towards self
progression has significant importance in this area of

Sure, there are many people out there who will almost
always be making mistakes in perpetuity, but certainly that
shouldn’t mean that you have to be one of them. Taking
control of your life is an excellent first step.

Life does not have to be extremely complicated. It is a
known fact that when people simplify their lives they are
not only more happy, but more productive in any given task
because the mind has less to wonder about.

Listing or ranking things of importance in one’s mind
assists in shaving down the myriad of less important things
that always seem to hinder our lives. Moreover, examining
mistakes much like a football player watching film the
Monday after a big game and then deciding a better
approach will change the outcome to a positive rather than
a negative.

So why is it so hard to apply a learned lesson?

Just learning the lesson is what many of us do, but that is
merely half the battle. The other aspect is actually setting
your mind by consciously programming it to steer away
from this mistake. It is like staring at the problem with a
microscope and discovering reasons why you made this

This part is what I call conscious recognition, where your
conscious and subconscious are on the same wavelength
rather than opposing each other.

The concept of consciously recognizing something as
wrong can be applied not only in lessons learned, but
practically every facet of life. In taking a little more time to
think a mistake out, you are literally dissecting apart each
area that needs to be addressed.

Certainly, most people will not apply a learned lesson
unless they want to or unless the law forces them to. Yet,
one must truly desire to apply a lesson before it happens
again, or that person will only know that it is a mistake and
not do anything about it.

Much like an alcoholic must will him or herself into treating
the disease by coming to peace with the thought of living
their lives without a drink, people must make firm
resolutions to fix the areas of their lives that are broken.

Procrastinating and lying to oneself about applying lessons
today, rather than tomorrow, makes for a compromising
environment when one already knows that applying the
lesson is in their best interest.

Wanting to make changes and becoming a better person is a
daily task, not yearly. Work is what it is, but the rewards of
living cleaner always outweigh that work.

--by Brian
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