"Success does not consist of never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time" ~ George Bernard Shaw
Mistakes. Big, small, personal, professional, stupid, unintentional, they come in all shapes and sizes. We all make them. Lord knows I've made my fair share. I started thinking about mistakes after I came across the quote under the picture above. There are lots of emotions that you will go through when you make a mistake. Embarrassment, fear, anxiety, maybe even anger. These are all normal. Being mindful or your reaction to making a mistake is the first step in alleviating any discomfort regardless of your position. If you are in a leadership position how you react to your mistake will make a big impression on your team. All eyes are on you. Below are steps that you might consider taking when you realize that you've made a mistake.
- Acknowledge your mistake - this is an important first step. Publicly owning up to a mistake will show those around you that you are human and that you are confident in your ability to correct the problem.
- Don't make excuses - deflecting from your mistake with excuses will only make you look insecure.
- Pledge not to make the same mistake - the best part about making a mistake is learning from it. If you make a pledge not to make the same mistake again you will be a better person and those around you will appreciate your willingness to learn and grow.
- Write about it - now I don't mean writing a blog about every mistake you make. That could be highly embarrassing, and you might be really busy! I suggest using a private journal that you use anytime. Journaling will allow you to examine your emotions and set a plan for not repeating your mistake.
So in the words of Sir Winston Churchill - "All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes".
I would love to hear anything that has helped you deal with mistakes you've made.