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We All Make Mistakes!

“Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later, a collection of mistakes is what is called experience.” Denis Waitley

WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES BUT, you can harness them for good.


John Maxwell says there are two kinds of people in regard to setbacks: splatters, who hit bottom, fall apart and stay on the bottom, and bouncers, who hit rock bottom, pull themselves together and bounce back up.


The most effective leaders know they will make mistakes, but they don’t allow mistakes to diminish their effectiveness.

  1. Know your worth.

Your value as a human being is found in far more than your performance. You can become your own worst enemy by telling yourself, “I am a failure,” or “I’ll never be good enough.” If you fail, keep a healthy perspective and coach yourself up. You are not defined by your worst moments.

  1. Don’t feel sorry for yourself.

When you make a mistake, pick yourself up quickly and get moving again. If you start to wallow, you might get stuck. Focus on the good that you can make out of the difficulty. Don’t forget that the experience that you gain from mistakes will serve you well in the future when you are leading someone going through something similar.

  1. Consider your failures as a process to learn and improve.

Psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers said, “The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top.” Take the attitude of a scientist: when their work fails, they just call it an experiment that didn’t work! It is amazing how something this simple can change your perspective and attitude about making a mistake.

  1. Don’t give up!

“Mistakes are life’s way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure?” Og Mandino

Shake it off. Your turn will come. Believing that is essential for success.


If you are facing a bad experience because of a mistake that you made, let the bad experience lead you to a good experience. Remember, good experiences are often a result of previous bad experiences. Experiences are only bad if you fail to learn from them.


Ask yourself this question: How can I take this bad experience and turn it into a better one? What can I learn?


Daily perspective is crucial to your success. Today’s thoughts influence tomorrow’s results.

If you want to discover strategies for leveraging failure for success, developing consistency, increasing influence, achieving goals, up-leveling communication, and many more areas of leadership development, feel free to contact me for training and coaching options.


“Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It’s the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill

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