Interrogate your mistakes
I once leased a very expensive software product and then abandoned it because our operation wasn’t in a position to integrate it in a productive way.
It still makes me mad that I paid THOUSANDS of dollars for a software product that was never put to use, but I couldn’t afford to waste more time and money trying to make a square peg fit in a round hole.
It was a costly failure that left me with two choices:
- Rehearse the failure as a sort of punishment for my bad judgement or
- Interrogate that failure for anything it could teach me about how to make better choices moving forward
It probably seems painfully obvious which path is more profitable, but there’s a decent chance you’ve chosen option 1 a time or two in the life of your business.
There is no CTRL-Z. You can review your mistakes, but you can’t revise them.
You only have what’s next.
Instead of reliving your least favorite decisions as a way of reminding yourself of your fallibility, what if you interrogated your mistakes by asking…
- What can that experience teach me about myself, my business, the market, etc.?
- How can that experience have a positive influence on what I am doing now/next?
- And ultimately, can I find space for gratitude?
There is no going back, only pressing forward.