Think back to when you first started riding, you were nervous, cautious and on high alert. Over time, you got more comfortable, you rode a little faster and you didn’t have to think about riding anymore, you just did it.

In those early stages of riding, you were self-analyzing what you were doing. You were thinking about friction zones and throttle position. You were figuring out how hard to apply your brakes. You were constantly evaluating mistakes and your riding became smoother.

When you ride your bike now, do you ever catch your internal voice saying “I didn’t see that” or maybe a “Whew. That was a close one”.

Well that’s a perfect time for more self-evaluation. Turn the “I didn’t see that” into “Why didn’t I see that?”.

1. Acknowledge Your Errors

Before you can learn from your mistakes, you have to accept full responsibility for your role in the outcome. That can be uncomfortable sometimes, but until you can say, “I messed up,” you aren’t ready to change.

2. Ask Yourself Tough Questions

While you don’t want to dwell on your mistakes, reflecting on them can be productive. Ask yourself a few tough questions:

• What went wrong?

• When did it go wrong?

• What could I do better next time?

3. Don’t Dwell

Beating yourself up for your mistakes won’t help you down the road. It’s important to spend that time instead, thinking about how to do better in the future. Adaptive self-reflection will allow you to alter your behavior so that you can do better the next time.

4. Move Forward With Your New-Found Wisdom

No one is immune to making mistakes – we are human, after all! Pay attention to your errors, no matter how big or how small they might seem or you are in danger of repeating the same mistakes again. Recognize that each mistake can be an opportunity to build your riding skills.