We all make mistakes. Some mistakes are bad and change our lives, some mistakes are good and change our lives. We are human and like our DNA, mistakes are part of our make-up. We are set apart from animals because of our ability to learn, accept and change.
There isn’t a formula to keep us from making mistakes instead we can use our human tools to help us figure out an equation.
“Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error.” Marcus Tullius Cicero
To make a mistake is to do something wrong, to slip up or to make an error. We know a mistake has been made because someone tells us, we don’t get the right output or it just doesn’t feel right. The latter is your gut telling you so. To keep from making the same mistake listen to your inner voice (gut).
“I’ve never gone wrong trusting my gut.” Dwayne Johnson
After making a mistake, we are presented with choices and questions. Do we choose to make the same mistake over and over or do we choose to change? We could choose to wallow in the pain or we can choose to get up brush it off and strive forward.
“We have a hope of succeeding if we learn from our past mistakes and pull together to make the hard choices.” Carl Levin
We cannot change what has happened, it’s in the past, all we have is the future. Whether something happened one second ago, one day ago or one year ago, it’s history. Worrying about it will only paralyse you with fear and cause you to make more mistakes.
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” Leo Buscaglia
When a mistake has been made, we can evaluate it and say sorry. Saying sorry allows us to own our part and apologise for what we did. By doing this we can accept and effectively let go. Holding on and continually punishing ourselves can lead to resentment, and this is more damaging then the error made in the first place.
“Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.” Les Brown
In business, mistakes are made all the time. As business owners we are responsible for all mistakes, whether it is made by us or by an employee. Mistakes can impact our bottom line, reputation and our ability to succeed.
Six common mistakes in business can be down to a lack of:
Instead use your tools, let go, apologise and learn. Your past is your greatest asset. Applying this simple formula will enable you to avoid being haunted by the past and allow you to move forward with the future. Without it you will drown in your failures and not allow yourself the freedom to pursue success.
“The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.” Unknown
Next week: Look at fear as an acronym instead of a word