PRACTICAL WAYS TO APPROACH MISTAKES –
when you are not super successful Talking about mistakes is difficult. Let’s face it: Who wants to rake up bad times? But when you approach a very successful woman and ask, chances are, she will laugh and say, “A business mistake? A personal one? One I made this week? Or an epic one from a while ago? How much time do you have?” One thing we can learn from these past nominees of The Weekly’s Great Women Of Our Time awards is that mistakes are natural, human and nothing to fret about. The key is to make those mistakes work for you. Here are some basics on how to get into that mindset:
1 OWN YOUR MISTAKES.
No making excuses, and no blaming the circumstances either. You can only get to the bottom of things when you are totally honest about the issue. Remember, a little pain is worth the learning experience.
2 LEAN ON YOUR TEAM.
All the Great Women Of Our Time speak with great pride about their support teams who are always there to help them analyse and grow, as well as offer advice and comfort. If you do not have one, make one!
3 CHOOSE YOUR ENVIRONMENT.
If you have a great and nurturing work environment, you can step up and grow right where you are. But if you have a boss who is less than stellar or not supportive, create your own comfort zone outside the office.
4 READ, LISTEN AND LEARN.
Self-analysis can be difficult. You can gain good perspective from listening to others and from reading insightful books. Go for all kinds of resources – be it attending lectures or visiting websites – it is all grist to the mill.
5 FORGIVE YOURSELF.
There is no point in punishing yourself for a mistake; it is not like you meant it, right? When you are kicking yourself repeatedly, stop and remember you are human. Be as kind to yourself as you would to another.