Being wrong is the best Opportunity
Updated: Aug 10
Before you get mad at yourself, know that this is an opportunity for improvement! Being wrong should not be a defeat, it’s the best opportunity to improve yourself. Even better, you now have an example of what not to do! Changing a fault into a success is not only an awesome way to pick yourself back up off of the ground, but it is also an awesome tool to use in your occupation.
For the personal mistakes; if you buy too much after pay day, say something you shouldn’t have said, make a mistake during tax season, whatever it may be. That mistake is a step towards success. And here is how:
1. Identify what went wrong and where the fault lies. If any
2. Find what needs to be corrected and how (policy, procedure, personality, etc)
3. Address what went wrong with the other side, if needed
4. Identify a productive solution if needed
5. Learn from the experience!
*...just saw that the first letter of each step spells out I FAIL...that's ironic.
This is a really quick and simple way to address mistakes, and these things can shift their order on the list per situation, but these steps are usually what consist a resilient step-up from defeat. By all means, develop your own way of owning a mistake. You are more than welcome to use this list as a template, but I can say from experience that if you use this list you will see improvement in your workplace, personal life, and any other area you can apply this tactic too!
When it comes to practicing this in your workplace, your superiors will be overjoyed to find that you can not only identify a problem (Step 1), but find the issue (Step 2-3) and find a solution to the problem (Step 4-5). Practicing this ‘turning your mistakes into steps towards success’, it is also a way to practice a self-sufficient and independent way of going about life.
I will address this very quickly: this type of thinking requires a lot of self-awareness and will start to push down your ego. It is really hard to be wrong, and it is also embarrassing, takes away credibility, a hard-to-swallow pill, and a bit hard to handle. Yes, it is hard to admit your faults. But that is the main highlight of this piece: they will stay faults if you let them, but you can quickly turn your mistakes into successes by addressing them properly. If you address the problem quick enough, and at least let someone who can help you know, that is another great way of taking accountability and helping solve the problem.
What would you rather do: be a problem solver, or persist a problem? Would you also rather let your faults stay faults, or overcome them with a solution-geared thought process? These are decisions that apply to many different lifestyles and workplaces, and a balance can be made between whatever conclusions you come to.
Hopefully this piece guides you towards a solution-oriented thought process that helps you in varying aspects of your life.