How do you handle when you make a mistake? Do you cower in a corner or do you make friends with your guffaws then move forward? “Making a mistake”…let’s take a look a that phrase: It is a bit on the judgmental side, don’t you think? Yes, in some areas of life, there is a right way and a wrong way to do something. (And, I am not talking about ethics here. I am talking about techniques, functionality, and mechanics of how to do something. This can apply to your business, such as how you use your email marketing system or how your website is laid out; And to personal aspects of your life, such as how you load and unload the dishwasher or how you do laundry.)
If I decide to explore fixing something my own way and learn along the way that the first way I tried didn’t work, does that mean that I made a mistake or failed?
Does this ever happen to you? You’re working through a challenge or problem and someone sees what you’re doing and says (in a somewhat derogitory tone)…
- “Gheez…having troubles?” or
- “Looks like you don’t know what you’re doing.” or
Here’s the twist: Sometimes that “someone” is me. That judgemental voice inside my head thinks it’s helping but, guess what, its words aren’t always helpful. This is what I have started practicing when I or someone else makes disparaging remarks about my fumbles:
“I’m not failing at this. I’m figuring it out.”
I’d love to hear from you…What are you figuring out these days?