Today you are going to make a mistake. As will each member of your team. Now the tough part… decide that it’s okay.
Of course, you’d love to be right all the time. Who wouldn’t? I’d love it if my every decision as a leader worked out the way I wanted. Having all my business plans go to… well… plan would be lovely.
But where is the fun or the adventure in that?
Yet so many of us expect ourselves to be perfect or to slip-up once and never make that same mistake again. We wallow in our regret. We beat ourselves up. What a waste of energy!
Imagine if instead you said to yourself, “Okay, wrong turn. Let’s steer it back.” And all without any fanfare. Without looking for someone to blame. Without calling yourself stupid. Without freaking out.
Consider all the mental and physical energy you could save.
It doesn’t matter that things didn’t turn out as planned. No regrets. It only matters what you say to yourself or to other people afterward. It is how you respond to the situation that matters.
Now get out there today with full courage, screw up, and then make a new decision. Tomorrow do the same. That is a life built of adventure and fun and growth and creativity. That’s what I want. That’s what the people around you at work and at home need to thrive.
What are you going to do differently this week? Don’t live a little. Live a lot. Make mistakes. Take new turns. You got this!
Catherine Doucette MEd, CTDP delivers customized business communications and leadership programs with measurable results for teams and individuals.