We all make mistakes from time to time, it happens.
We’re only human after all.
Have you recently been left feeling burned out and frustrated because you’ve made a big mess of something? Are you worried about your current employment status as a result? Or maybe you’ve just lost out on that once in a lifetime opportunity that you’ve been waiting, like, forever for?
It’s natural to feel awful or ashamed about it, just don’t feel like that for too long. Tomorrow is yesterdays news and if you feel like the centre of the wrong kind of attention that you’ve got caught up in, everyone else will be over it a lot quicker believe me! Don’t let negative feelings linger for too long, distract yourself by doing something you like. It could be anything from reading that book you never got round to starting or going to the gym. Surround yourself with positivity only and see how quickly you feel like you’re normal self again.
Apologise to whoever you need to for whatever it is you’ve done – even to yourself. Acknowledging your error lets other know how sincere you are and is one of the most important things you can do.
Look at the situation from a different perspective. In the grand scheme of things does it really matter? Of course it matters to you enough to feel bad about it but if you put it into perspective, is it really the end of the world? Of course you are entitled to your feelings but make sure that how you feel is proportional to the mistake you made. It can be a huge whoops moment if you forgot to add that slide to the presentation you prepped for your boss’ important meeting, or forgot to pay that invoice that you promised you would by the end of the working week. But no one was hurt, it’s not life or death so just try and put your best foot forward and keep going.
Making a huge mistake in the workplace can make people think the worst. In fact, that could be the best thing you could do! Considering the worst case scenario and thinking about how you would tackle it is quite good preparation for your next move. So now you’re all clued up with your plan to move forward, chances are it’s never the worst. At least you’ve got a plan B though!
Use this whole scenario as an opportunity to grow. What did you do wrong? What could you have done different? What will you do or not do next time? This could highlight any issues you might need to focus on to make sure it won’t happen again. Just think, it’s great for research purposes at the very least!
Making mistakes can seem catastrophic at the time, but truth be told, it doesn’t have to derail your entire life or career. Even the most successful business icons of the century had to fall to get where they are now. Think of it as another stepping stone in your journey to success.
You may be down now but with a bit of determination there’s no reason why you can’t keep climbing to the top…
‘Hey, I’m not giving up today…
There’s nothing getting in my way…
And if you knock, knock me over…
I will get back up again!!!’
- Poppy, Trolls.