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6 Steps to Prevent Mistakes from Becoming Catastrophes

Everyone makes mistakes, and that is okay! What is not okay is to make mistakes and then try to dodge the responsibility of the implications brought on by the mistake. In an article for Business 2 Community, Tom Gimbel elaborates on why mistakes can actually be learning opportunities, and how to make errors work for you.

There are six steps to take in order to make mistakes opportunities rather than your demise:

  1. Apologize
  2. Assess
  3. Identify
  4. Accept
  5. Work
  6. Move on

First of all, just apologize and get on with it. You did not set out to intentionally harm anyone. A sincere apology goes a long way to amending relationships you may need in the future. Once the apology is done,you need to assess the amount of damage caused. It is important to look as far as possible to see all of the ramifications of the error. After there is adequate assessing, it is time to identify a turning point. Looking back at decisions and seeing where you could have chosen differently will help you to prevent a future blunder.

It is vitally important to accept the consequences of your mistake. Be humble and patient and never complain. This is not a punishment; it is your opportunity to work through the problem and grow as a person. Do not allow for this to defeat you. Pull yourself up and work hard to get back on track. Push yourself and prove to not only everyone else, but more importantly, yourself, that you are an asset. The final step then is to move on. Never forget the lessons you have learned from the mistake, but do not allow for the mistake to haunt your every future decision either. It happened, and insecurity will only taint future success.

You can read the original article here: http://www.business2community.com/leadership/mistakes-dont-catastrophes-01369524

About Danielle Koehler

Danielle is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. She has degrees in English and human resource management from Shippensburg University.

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