We have all made mistakes at some point in our lives. That’s a central part of what makes us human. But how you respond to making mistakes is sometimes more important than the mistake itself. Here are a few things to consider, from our own experiences, when it comes to making mistakes:
- Take responsibility. Let’s face it, when you make a mistake, you know. Accepting it unlocks the really cool stuff associated with having a growth mindset!
- Be fair to yourself. If you feel you have made a mistake, try and not beat yourself up over it either – it’s not going to change the situation, in fact it will probably make things worse!
- Reflect. Take a minute to think about the reasons for why the mistake happened, and also try and think about whether you are over-analysing how big a deal the mistake is. Within this reflection, think about whether there is anything you want to change going forward.
- Grow. Being open to making mistakes and being prepared to take responsibility for making mistakes – because we all make them – is really important if you are going to keep your mind open to learning, developing and, crucially, growing.
Obviously this article is dependent on what type of mistake we are talking about, but most everyday mistakes can relate to these points. See mistakes as opportunities for development rather than being the end of the world. These are things we encourage via our empowerment focussed coaching and facilitation, which you can read more about here.