Have you ever asked yourself how many mistakes do I make in a day – big or small? If you could, how many might you narrow it down to – 5, 13, 40? That is too difficult for any person to assess. We can all answer many some days and a few on others, as we may not realize that we have made a mistake. How is it that we forget to turn the oven off, miss a doctor’s appointment, or forget a promise made to someone. We can be the most analytical and intelligent individuals in the world and still make gaffes at times.
If you are finding that you are making too many oversights, here are a few reasons why.
Being cognizant: We are not in the moment consciously when we are doing things. Our minds can travel in so many different directions at a time. Say for instance, you are talking with someone and you are promising to do something for them and while you are listening, your mind goes to whether or not you paid this month’s light bill. You don’t mean to but, you are not fully engaged and may have missed the point of what you promised. The same can be stated with leaving the oven on. Your mind is elsewhere and you may have thought that you turned off the oven, later you are wondering why you smell gas permeating throughout your home. What we say is equally as important – foot in mouth. Some are not aware that we hurt other’s feelings. We do not pay attention to how the people closest to us feel when we say things to them or about them. Our intentions may be harmless. Nevertheless, we should be aware of not taking their feelings for granted.
Being thrown off track: Situations beyond our control happen all of the time and this throws you off of your game. Your attentions are focused on other things, pulling you away from what is important. For instance, being hacked takes all of your focus on your mission for the week. Or, let’s say that an unexpected illness of a loved one arises and you can no longer concentrate and your priorities shift.
Stress and pressure: Deadlines and getting things done in a timely fashion can become extremely strenuous. Mistakes can commonly occur when one is faced with time frames.
Lack of understanding: New business owners can relate. Starting a business is difficult. You can do as much research as you like. However, there are still many mistakes to be made made. Unfortunately, a lot of new business fail the first time. Though, they take what mistakes they may have made. And through trial and error, they improve them considerably. Essentially, they now know what works and what doesn’t.
How we can improve our chances from making mistakes.
- Be aware. If you find your mind wandering, try your best to pull yourself out of it.
- Slow down and take a breather. If you cannot handle what has been dealt you, admit it and move forward. Ask for assistance if need be.
- Learn from your mistakes and grow from them. Analyze and devise a strategy to get back on track – especially if it pertains to business.
No one is perfect. We are all going to continue to make mistakes. However, if we put into practice these tips, we should see some improvements.
“It’s not how we make mistakes, but how we correct them that defines us” – Unknown
Thanks for reading. I hope everyone’s holiday was enjoyable and each of us has a promising week ahead (gaffe free – haha). Just something random.