“Anyone who has never made a mistake,
has never tried anything new.”
~ Albert Einstein
We all make mistakes. God knows I’ve made my share of them.
In fact, some of my mistakes have been public one and I’ve got to say, there’s nothing worse.
When I make a mistake I feel like the world is staring me down and passing judgement. Do you ever get that feeling?
I want to reassure you that, in most cases, the people around you have a very short memory. The one person who will remember the mistake and drag it on for hours, days and even months is you. Chances are – and believe me when I say this – you will live in and with your mistake for a much longer time than the people around you will.
You and I are going to continue to make mistakes. Some will be small and others, well, not so small. Since we know this to be the case, it’s important to have a strategy in place to make sure we can move on and avoid living in our mistake.
Here are a few strategies to consider:
1. Own it and do so publicly. I’m not talking about taking out a full-page ad on the subject, I’m simply saying that the first step is to take ownership of the fact that we made a mistake. When we do so publicly – to a friend, spouse, co-worker – we let others know that we accept the responsibility of said mistake.
2. Identify the learning opportunity. Why did you make the mistake and what can you learn from it? Is there a process you need to fix; are there assumptions you’ve been making that need to be clarified? Was it an honest mistake? Regardless of the situation, once you own it, you need to learn from it. What will you do differently the next time something like this happens.
3. Let it go. That’s by far the most difficult part for me. I tend to relive the moment over and over and over again. I’ve got to learn to let go and so do you. It’s that simple!
Own it. Learn from it. Let it go.
Three simple steps that can help ensure that you don’t live in your mistake.
Be well and make it a great day!
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