Leadership

Oh, Snap! Sorry! The Right Way to Act if You Made a Mistake

Have you made a mistake that really messed you up? Do you think you reacted appropriately? When you make a mistake, it’s always right to remain composed. Do not act agitated, worked up, nervous or berate yourself. You need to look at the mistake from a wider perspective; this will help you approach it in a clearheaded way.

by Amy Q.

Oh, Snap! Sorry! The Right Way to Act if You Made a Mistake

Forgive yourself

You should first forgive yourself if you make a mistake. This will help you think soberly about the situation without judging and putting the blame on yourself. But how do you forgive yourself when you have messed up? It’s not easy, it takes a lot of courage to let go of a mistake that has cost you money, time and maybe crucial relationships. You can only forgive yourself if you look at the mistake from a positive perspective and understand that you can make lemonade out of lemon. 

Take the responsibility

Have you made a mistake that was as a result of someone else fault? Do you feel that nature has acted unfairly to you? You might be tempted to pass the blame but this is not the right thing to do. Standing your ground makes you look smarter and wiser than you really are. Success in life starts by acknowledging that you have made a mistake and that you have the opportunity to change the situation.

Apologize to those affected

Reactions on mistakes counts, it can make your name be upheld instead of being tarnished. For example, if you disrupted software that controls everyday running of business in the office, what is the most ideal thing to do? Apologize to those you have affected; first it shows you’re remorseful about the situation and that you care. It will also give them a chance to think out the situation and help you to come up with a solution. 

Find a solution

Instead of whining and complaining about yourself, you should rise up to the situation and come up with a solution. If you’ve lost important data at your work place, first find ways in which you can retrieve what you have lost within the shortest time possible. Then next you can inform your boss when you already have a solution at hand. Never approach your boss with a problem that doesn’t have a solution. 

Recover lost time and resources

Now it’s time to recover what you lost. If you lost money, it’s time to make more money since you now understand the possible pitfalls. If possible, you can try mend broken relationships and make up for the lost time by being more productive and resourceful. 

Do not punish yourself for a mistake you did decades ago. Learn to get over a mistake in a composed manner without making it bigger than it is. Mistakes are bound to happen in life, whether minor or major; reactions on mistakes is what matters more than the mistake you did. Share with friends, family or those concerned; do not keep a secret. Take every mistake in life like a learning experience and note not to repeat the same mistake.


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