Admit Your Mistakes

July 28, 2011

There are times that you do make mistakes.  After all, you are human.  But it is all in how you handle those mistakes that make a difference.  You can turn a potentially bad situation into a positive one, if you play your cards right.  Sometimes the hand dealt us in life is not the best one in the game, but you can still win the game.  It takes a bit of strategy, perseverance, and patience, but it can be done.

The first thing, and the hardest for some people, is to acknowledge that you made a mistake.  Whether it is in your job or your personal life, mistakes do happen.  It really isn’t the end of the world.  But a lot of people find it difficult to get through this first step because they have to admit they were wrong in what they said or did.  Most people tend to be perfectionists, and they perceive themselves to be correct at all times.  But get over those feelings of perfectionism and humble yourself a little.  The sooner you admit that the mistake was made, the sooner you can remedy the situation.

The next step is to analyze how the mistake came about.  You have to look at the conditions that led you to make the mistake in the first place so that you can learn from your experience.  When you are fully aware of the circumstances leading up to the mistakes you make, you are better able to prevent them from happening in the future.  You have to determine whether the mistake made was due to your actions or in neglecting to take action and what damage arose from the outcome.

The final step, and a very important one, is in choosing how you will handle the situation.  Sometimes our actions in resolving our mistakes says more about us than anyone’s words.  If you have a positive attitude toward life in general, you are probably over the stage where you beat yourself up over having made a mistake and have moved on to fixing the problem.  You have analyzed the situation, and came up with a solution, and made that mental note not to let it happen again.  If the mistake you made has broken someone’s trust in you, it will take time to mend it.  But in handling the situation properly, they will see that any harm done was not intentional and that you have learned from your experience.

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