Hello SOTGC community,
I’m one of those insanely particular people who probably spends too much time perfecting everything that I do. I mean, come on, my reputation is on the line and I can’t afford to let people down! The smallest mistake will leave me feeling defeated and last week I totally felt defeated.
All of last week, I was off of my “A” game and I found myself making mistakes and missing details. During dinner with a friend, she noticed that I was not my chipper ol’ self and asked for me to spill the beans on what was going on. “You’re obviously thinking about something!” she piped up as she interrupted my thoughts. “Sorry, I feel like I have a lot on my mind. There’s so much going on, there’s miscommunication, AND I keep overlooking all of the little details,” I explained. The stress was getting to me but not wanting to ruin our evening out, I apologized again and we started to talk about our friend’s party that we were planning together. “Crap! I got the wrong texture cardstock!” my friend blurted out. I immediately squashed her chance to apologize and told her to just go back and exchange it because “we all make mistakes.” Boom! There’s my “Ah Hah!” moment…
We all make mistakes… and it’s ok to make a U-Turn! Thinking back on my stressful week I realized that I may have made mistakes, but in making U-turns and fixing these mistakes, I learned some pretty valuable things.
The first thing I learned was that people are forgiving; especially when you own up to your mistake. I gave the wrong date to a co-worker and when I called to ‘fess up my mishap, she shrugged it off like it was no big deal and thanked me for keeping her updated. Owning up to my mistakes helps me become accountable for my actions.
The second thing I learned was when I incorrectly processed some data into a software system. When I called IT to assist, they helped me update the data and then showed me a better way to do it. In searching for the root cause of the incorrect data I explained the steps I took to the IT guy and he told me a faster and more accurate way to process the information; which was a win for me!
The last thing I learned from my “disastrous” week was that it wasn’t so disastrous after all. Instead, every mistake I made was countered with a win and the opportunity to make a U-turn. It taught me to be resilient, bounce back, and learn something new.
Mistakes are inevitable but we can learn a lot from it. If you this article influences you to find the wins in your mistakes, please share this on your social media.