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Double Punishment Creates Doubly Doubtful Results

b2ap3_thumbnail_MP900448738In the legal profession there is a concept referred to as double jeopardy.  The idea behind double jeopardy derives from the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  To avoid all the potential legalize, in its simplest terms The Double Jeopardy Clause prohibits the prosecution of any person twice for the same crime.  So, what does the concept of double jeopardy have to do with you and your success?

I’ll put it in perspective through the words of the international bestselling author, Don Miguel Ruiz.   He said:  “True justice is paying only once for each mistake.  True injustice is paying more than once for each mistake.”  He made those points because we can make a mistake and either be punished by others over and over, or even worse we punish ourselves over and over again.

My question is:  Why do that to yourself?  We all make mistakes from time to time.  Mistakes are the only way to truly define when we have something right.  Right cannot be achieved, generally, without some trial and error effort that inevitably will include making some mistakes in thinking or actions.

Doubly punishing yourself for making even stupid mistakes isn’t going to make you do better in the future.  In fact, it’s doubtful you will have as successful future if you doubly punish yourself in the present.  The reason is you are wasting valuable time in the present by doubly focusing on your mistakes that are now in the past.  Such a practice just makes it doubly doubtful of great results when you do finally move forward.

When you make a mistake don’t punish yourself but rather gain perspective as to why the mistake happened.  Sure…you may want to slap yourself silly…but do that just once and move on!

In gaining perspective why the mistake happened, first clearly define what happened.  Next define how it happened.  With knowing how and what happened you will understand why it happened.  It is through understanding why something happened that you will gain perspective on how to change things in the future so you avoid making the same mistake twice…double jeopardy, if you will.

Now…take action and allow yourself to forget the mistake.

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