Mistakes? I make them all the time. I’m constantly learning, tweaking, adjusting, back pedaling. I think it’s part of being alive – it’s definitely part of owning your own business.
But the actual mistake, I’m finding, is no where near as consequential as the aftermath.
Someone asked me today what my favorite part of the inauguration was, and I responded, ‘When Obama’s oath got flubbed.’ I was so inspired by his reaction, and by Michelle’s.
If that had been me…I’m going to guess that I might have blushed, let loose a nervous laugh, rolled my eyes. (Who am I kidding, I might also have called Roberts an #%&*@!)
But, not these two. They smiled, stayed steady, remained calm. With millions, billions of eyes watching, they persevered.
Mistakes are only as big as the way we handle them.
But, this can be a hard lesson – can’t it? The event of the mistake happened – it’s over. Now where do you go from here? The decision, and the resulting action, is all yours.
Can you erase your mistake? Can you even turn it into a success? How do you handle mistakes?