How to Forgive Yourself for Past Mistakes


Do you ever feel like you can’t move on from your past mistakes? You’re constantly haunted by what you did, and no matter how much time has passed, you can’t forgive yourself? Making mistakes is a normal and inevitable part of life. But unfortunately, when we make mistakes, it’s tough to forgive ourselves.

We may dwell on our errors, feel guilty or ashamed, and think that we are not worthy of forgiveness. But self-forgiveness is an essential step on the road to happiness and peace of mind.

One of the most important things to remember is that everyone makes mistakes. It’s a part of being human. Just because you made a mistake doesn’t mean that you’re a terrible person. Recognizing this can help you be more forgiving towards yourself.


Forgiving yourself is the first step to moving on and learning from your past experiences. It also opens up the possibility of forgiveness from others. How can you expect others to do the same if you can’t forgive yourself?

There are a few things you can do to make forgiving yourself easier:

  1. Allow yourself time to heal and don’t rush the process. It takes time to recover from a physical wound, and it also takes time to heal from the emotional pain of making a mistake.
  • It’s essential to learn from your mistakes, but it’s equally important to give yourself time to heal afterward. Rushing the healing process can lead to further anxiety and stress, preventing you from moving on healthily.
  • Part of healing is accepting what happened and forgiving yourself. 
  • Trying to forget what happened or dwelling on what could have been will keep you stuck in the past. Instead, focus on the present and building a purposeful future.
  1. Focus on the present. Living in the past won’t change anything. Instead of dwelling on your mistakes, focus on the present and what you can do to improve the situation. For example, if you make a mistake at work, focus on doing your best and learning from your mistake.
  • By focusing on the present, you’ll be able to move on from your mistakes and become a stronger person from the experience.
  1. Seek support and help. It’s helpful to talk to someone about what you’re going through, such as a friend, therapist, or online support group. Talking about your experiences can help you process them in a healthy way and see things from a different perspective.
  • It can also reassure you to know that you’re not alone in what you’re feeling.
  1. Be gentle with yourself. Beating yourself up about your mistakes will only make things worse. Instead, it’s important to be kind to yourself and give yourself credit for trying your best.
  • Remember that everyone makes mistakes and that you can learn from them. Forgiving yourself is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Deciding to forgive yourself is not always easy, but it’s worth it. By forgiving yourself, you’re taking the first step towards moving on and learning from your experiences. Remember to be patient with yourself, talk to someone about what you’re going through, and be gentle.

You deserve forgiveness, and you will get there in time. If you are struggling, speak to a good friend or therapist. Talking to a therapist will provide you with practical steps to guide you through the healing process. Don’t be ashamed of speaking to a therapist. They are professionally trained to support people through challenging situations.

Follow these tips and reap the forgiveness and healing that you yearn for.

This concludes our training for today. We invite you to advance your personal development and financial literacy education by subscribing to Holy City’s Battlefield Academy. Get access to resources that will help you elevate your financial IQ, enhance internal / external communication skills, and create a prosperous outlook.

Until next time: God bless, stay positive, and be true to you.

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