Hello SOTGC community,
Have you ever gone to a restaurant where there is one thing on the menu that you order every time? I do it all the time. A while back, I was sitting outside at a restaurant near my apartment, staring at the menu, thinking I really should try something new.
I took the plunge and strayed from the norm. Now, the beef slider was good, but it was no shredded pork taco. It was hard not to be bummed. I had tried something new and it backfired. Or did it?
Before I let myself become too disheartened about not loving what I ordered, I thought for a moment about what I could do the next time. I could order my shredded pork tacos with a renewed sense of appreciation. Sure, trying something new didn’t turn out exactly the way I had hoped, this time anyway, but that didn’t mean I couldn’t learn from it, right?
And that is when the phrase “Lesson Learned” entered into my life.
I began to try to see every situation that didn’t turn out the way I had planned as a learning experience.
It helped me to follow these four steps:
- Take a deep breath (this helps stop a negative emotion from festering)
- Think about how experiencing the situation will help in the future (whether it’s getting lost, trying food you don’t end up liking, miscommunicating, tripping, or stumbling, look into the future and see how you can watch closer next time, think about what you say before you say it, or take a different route)
- Say “Lesson Learned” out loud (Imagine this being a closing statement, acting as a trigger to help you let go and move on)
- Smile! Because smiling helps turn a not-so-wonderful situation into something positive
A few words of caution: Make sure that this phrase doesn’t simply become more jargon in your life. The reason I include all four steps is because it is important to really notice what you are learning and how to reframe the way you see the situation.
The goal is to create more positivity in your life. To help shift the way you see the world and to help make every situation, even the unpleasant ones, something that will help you grow and move forward.
So the next time something doesn’t go the way you planned, take a deep breath, say “Lesson Learned” and let more positivity into your life. Oh, and don’t forget to smile.
Tell me about a situation in your life that didn’t go as planned but was a great learning experience. Don’t be shy, and you aren’t limited to one story. The more the merrier.