Updated: Mar 23
We’ve all channeled our inner Charlie Browns at some point. Sitting around worrying about how 'Everything that can go wrong, inevitably does.' Stress and disappointment are par for the course for the average small business owner. So when you or someone on your team makes a mistake it can be a real bummer.
One reliable secret to successful business owners and the ones who seem to fade away into obscurity? Perspective. They know that a setback isn’t the end. It’s merely a blip.
Life is hard.
And the harder it is, the sweeter the outcomes. So cut yourself some slack. Mistakes are going to happen, problems are going to pop up, life is gonna toss some stuff your way that makes you question everything. It happens. But it’s also a part of growth and progress.
Think of the first person to bite into an orange… they probably thought, “hmm, look at this orange apple!” BITE. Totally mistaking the rind for a regular peel. Yikes. Not what they imagined, right? Bitter. Hard. Way too sinewy to be right. Big mistake. BUT, oooh… look at the inside! Juicy. Sweet. Refreshing. So they learned to peel it!
Growth & Progress. All from a mistake.
“I think it’s important to have a good hard failure when you’re young… Because it makes you kind of aware of what can happen to you. Because of it I’ve never had any fear in my whole life when we’ve been near collapse and all of that. I’ve never been afraid.” -Walt Disney
Here are some short tips on how to reframe your perspective whenever there is a mistake or other shortfall within your business. Refer back to these whenever needed to improve your ability to succeed!
Make sure that when things don't go the way you expect that you don't let it call future decisions into question. Maintain your confidence, be fearless, and keep moving your business forward!
Do something that shakes up your expectations. Do something unexpected, personal or otherwise. This is your step to opening up a window to another viewpoint.
Remember that even when mistakes happen, you will make it through. Sometimes the hardest part of handling a mistake is realizing you CAN make mistakes. Being fallible is perfectly OK!
Lead by Example:
Utilize these steps and perspectives to help show your team how well you can handle disappointment. Show them how best to approach failures and give them the gift of perspective as well.
Think Outside the Box:
Take some time to analyze the position you were in when you made the faulty decision. Knowing what you know now, would you have made the same decision? We don't have time machines, but we can reframe our mindset for the future.
Grow With Your Business:
You're learning what works and doesn't within your business through these mistakes. Shouldn't you be learning something about yourself along the way too? So, as you improve your business, improve yourself!
Adapt and Learn:
You won't make the right choice every time. But you can learn how to do things correctly over time, through those mistakes. Like learning to peel an orange, we can grow your business.
If you find yourself questioning what in the world we’re talking about, lets talk! We can grab a coffee or sandwich and go over exactly what we mean and how we can help you find that magic perspective for your business.
It all starts with a free consultation! Book yours today!