Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Recovering from a Mistake

With the number of mistakes I've made over the years, you'd think I'd be used to them by now. But it still stings a bit when I realize I've made one - especially in my professional life. 

In the wake of a mistake, my first inclination is to rush into clean up mode instead of pausing to move forward with a clear head. But when I'm in an emotion-fueled rush, I often make more mistakes.

Maybe you can relate?

On the plus side, with all the errors I've made I've also had ample opportunity to practice recovering from them. My go-to trick is to take a few minutes to tap into a calmer mindset before moving on to rectify the situation.

Want to give it a try? Here's a brief audio recording (2m30s) that guides you through a quick calm down after a mistake.

Even though this is something I regularly practice, I'm continually surprised at just how effective a 2 to 3 minute pause can be.

Want more quick calm down techniques? You're in luck - in late 2016 I'll be launching FocusMinder, a guided meditation tool for today's office dwellers. Learn more.

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