I made a big mistake last week on a project for a client.
Maybe in the big scheme of things, it wasn’t that big, but it was big to me. And I immediately started in on myself. I bet you do this to yourself, too, so I wanted to share a bit.
Here’s some of what was going on inside my head: “I should have paid more attention to the details. I should have double-checked the list. I should have……” You see what’s happening here? Lots of ‘shoulds.’
After I let the ‘shoulds’ run their course, then I dug into the truth.
The truth is I made a mistake.
I took responsibility for it (contacted the client to let them know), I apologized, and did what I could do to make it right.
There was no need for me to beat myself up over what I could have done differently. My best option was to learn from the experience and move on. ‘Should’ doesn’t help me. It only keeps me in a negative place of being wrong.
I share this because I know lots of other people ‘should’ on themselves.
Instead, do what I did:
- Acknowledge the truth
- Take responsibility for your mistake
- Make it right
- Learn from the experience
- Move forward
Otherwise, you can get stuck in the fundraising mistakes of the past pretty easily.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Please leave a comment and let me know how you handle mistakes.