Manufacture Your Day by MAKING MISTAKES
Has anyone ever congratulated you for making a mistake? No? Then it’s about time.
I would like to congratulate you! Keep up the great work.
Since starting my business in 2007, I made it my mission to help people “see” a different approach to conquer their daily challenges. And here I am, almost 13 years and many mistakes later. What a rollercoaster ride this has been but it has been so worth it. I have learned that it is so easy to judge the mistakes of others but often it is very difficult to admit our own. I am no exception. Over the years I have tried to look at my mistakes from a different perspective. It’s like a new kind of appreciation.
I hope that I will continue to learn and to grow by making mistakes.
More importantly, I want you to continue to make mistakes because when you make mistakes it shows that you are not afraid of trying new things.
If we choose to, mistakes can be our friends. It’s a must to push the envelope in order to learn and to grow. Becoming more self-aware will help you to change yourself and change your world.
From my own experience I know that the biggest mistake we can ever make is being too afraid to make one.
Now let me get this straight. How we deal with people who make mistakes determines whether we create an environment of trust or fear. What is your approach? Do you want to know who is responsible for a mistake? If yes, this will only result in fear and blame.
Who cares who is responsible? The only question should be, “What can we do to prevent it from happening again and what have we learned from it?”
It is scientifically proven that people deal differently with mistakes based on their mindset. Carol Dweck, the author of “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” suggests that people have either a fixed mindset or a growth mindset.
People with a fixed mindset perceive mistakes as failure. They tell others they have failed and perceive themselves as having failed. As a result, they may never want to try again. On the other hand, people with a growth mindset are more motivated to eventually get it right. They don’t take no for an answer and strive to get better by what they have learned from the mistake.
Awareness is key. By becoming more conscious anyone can change their mindset.
Sensible performance goals in companies are critical to help people understand what’s important, but it is key that the numbers are not more important than the people. An obsession with metrics whether hourly, daily, or weekly, and a world-view that says an employee is only as valuable as the sum of his or her numeric goals, are signs of a fear-based culture. The confidence level will go down and most likely the amount of unwanted mistakes will increase. People have to understand the value they bring to an organization and should never be punished for making a mistake.
An environment of fear is not one that encourages innovation and creativity.
As a long-distance runner I appreciate a saying that I find to be very true, “No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.” In other words, it doesn’t matter how many mistakes you’ve made and how slow you are, you are still ahead of the people who aren’t trying.
I encourage you to make your mistakes, today and every day.
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