We all make mistakes. How we respond to our mistakes is where the real power lies. Owning up to a mistake can be very hard – and very stressful. No one likes admitting to their mistakes – especially if you know there will be repercussions.
No wonder, many of us make excuses and try to keep our mistakes secret. Sometimes we even believe ourselves – we weren’t really responsible – it was someone else’s fault.
While this might seem easy in the moment, it’s actually very bad for you, especially in terms of self-development and self-confidence. Sometimes you simply have to face the music.
The Power of Taking Responsibility
Everybody makes mistakes and no one can get everything right every time. This is the first and most important thing for you to understand. This also means you do not need to punish yourself for making small mistakes and as long as you learn from your mistakes – they aren’t really mistakes are they?
If you shy away from taking responsibility though, then you are actually being dishonest with yourself. This will weigh on your mind – and if you can’t trust yourself your will have trouble convincing others to trust you too. In a business setting this can be a serious issue.
If you make a mistake on a client project, you want to alert them as soon as possible, and let them know what you are doing to fix the problem. Be honest.
By putting your neck on the line then, you can gain the respect of your colleagues and you will be more likely to be trusted in future. And you will gain a reputation for not shying away from any issues that arise, this will make you very attractive when asking others to be affiliates for your products. This can make a difference to your bottom line for years and years.
Being Responsible Will Help You Grow
It may be hard in the moment, but it is important to realize, taking responsibility will actually makes you stronger in the long run.
Keep learning from the mistakes you make and you will start to make less mistakes. You will learn to trust your instincts. Your confidence will grow – and this will attract more clients and customers to you.
When we make mistakes, it sticks in your mind and it provides us the opportunity to do better next time. Review what went wrong and make a plan of action, but don’t keep rehashing the mistake – this is what keeps you from moving forward.
I know that I don’t like making mistakes – and I like admitting to them even less – but the more I accept responsibility for my actions – the better person I become. Admit your mistakes and find the freedom to grow your self confidence and self worth.
I’m Lori Winslow, the Organized Solopreneur. I help new and transitioning solopreneurs get their business and their life organized. A great way to work through your mistakes is with a bullet journal. Try Bullet Journaling for Online Business Owners to help you set up your own bullet journal today.