Buying the wrong soap, ordering the wrong meal, picking the wrong answer on a multiple-choice exam these are mistakes.
Purposely not studying for finals, that’s a bad decision.
It’s a form of commission. And it’s a problem because of how easy it is to dismiss our bad decisions; by reclassifying them as mistakes. Eventually, convincing ourselves this isn’t our fault.
We do this so often, it has become second nature. Because our internal dialogue demands an explanation to soften the blow.
The only way to live with bad decisions is to continue to classify them as simple mistakes. Which means…
Bad behavior is internally justified.
We all make mistakes. We all make bad decisions. Don’t let our internal narrative work overtime to confuse the two.