Look we all make mistakes in life and business, correcting mistakes is not always easy in fact someone once told me that it only takes a second to get into trouble but it can take years and a fortune to get out of that trouble. Ignoring our mistakes or letting them linger without addressing them only makes things worse. Here are seven tips to correcting mistakes.
Correcting Life’s Mistakes
Step1- Admit that a mistake was mad. It is not uncommon to not face reality but whether it is in business or life you cannot run from reality for long. Face the facts, then you can start correcting the mistakes.
Step2– Take responsibility for your part in the mistakes. There have been a lot of mistakes made in my life, many because I got involved in either a business or life situations with people I should not have. But when all is said I am not a character from a “God Father Film” even though my name my make you think so. No one ever held a gun to my head and said “ YOU GOTTA SIGN DIS”. All my mistakes I made the decision to get involved and that is on me!
Step3– Make a plan of attack to correct. Once you admit that a mistake was mad and take responsibility for your part no matter how small or large, you can then start correcting life’s mistakes.
Here are some things I do:
• Say you’re sorry, especially if someone was hurt.
• Sit down and write out what needs to be corrected. Many times when mistakes are made people get emotional and things seem worse than they are. The fix could be very simple.
Step4– Sit down with a supervisor, mentor or friend and review.
It is easy to be to close to a mistake. Having someone you respect that can be honest and objective with you look and your plan is wise to protect yourself from repeated error.
Step5– Take action as soon as possible when correcting life’s mistakes Let it linger and I promise it only gets worse the sooner you address the issue the sooner you can move on.
Step6-When corrected go back to the affected parties and confirm they are happy. This step will let you put full closure to the issue forever. You will sleep better and feel that you did the right thing.
Correcting life’s mistakes are never easy but not correcting them is worse. They can haunt you forever and come up years later if you try to hide from them.
Guys don’t get freaked out but here is a great article I found on Life Tools for Women it is worth the read.
Five Career Mistakes
1. Being underdressed for the job.
I would rather be the best-dressed person in the room than the worst.
2. Expecting praise for doing your job.
Don’t look for a pat on the back for showing up. So many times people want praise for every little thing they do, its nice put in won’t always happen, learn to deal with it.
3. Having an on the job relationships with someone you work for or that works for you.
I am sure there are exceptions but I have never seen one that wasn’t a train wreck.
4. Not being responsive.
You need to respond to your peers and co-works in a timely
fashion, if you don’t it will come back to haunt you.
4. Misusing company email.
How many careers have I seen ruined because of someone sending something inappropriate via company email. Be smart!
5. Being late.
Set an alarm, go to bed earlier or get started earlier. There is no excuse.
6. Making inappropriate jokes and comments.
Sorry this isn’t the 50’s, 60’s or 70’s people are sensitive and you just can’t say the things you use to. You were just kidding, too bad, don’t do it.
7. Not asking for help.
We can all use a hand now and then don’t be afraid to ask.
Some of these are small and can be overlooked for a period of time but some are career killers. Use common sense when at work most of us know right from wrong and if we use our moral compass we can avoid the mistakes that could ruin a career and a life.