Turning a Mistake . . . . Into an Opportunity
“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes,
smart enough to profit from them, and
strong enough to correct them.”
John C. Maxwell, Leadership Expert, Speaker
As I see it. . . . . . . .
Turning a mistake into an opportunity
Mistakes by their nature are misunderstood . . . . and can become the source of massive stress in a person’s life. A mistake can derail one person’s success journey . . . . and propel another person to greater heights.
The difference between the two is a person’s perception of mistakes . . . . and how they respond to them.
There is an old saying that the only people that are longer making mistakes are those in the cemetery . . . . and in reality the statement isn’t true. The person that fears making a mistake . . . . and doesn’t extend themselves to try is essentially making a mistake. They have made the mistake of failing to try . . . . or to engage life to reach their full potential out of the fear of making a mistake.
The fact is that . . . . people will make mistakes. Anyone who’s working hard to succeed will make mistakes . . . . as a result of stretching their limits to succeed. No productive person will purposely sets out to make a mistake . . . . the mistakes happen as a bi-product of stretching themselves to succeed at a greater level.
Five steps that can turn a mistake into an opportunity:
1. Admit the mistake . . . . Don’t make excuses . . . . and don’t try to blame someone . . . . or your circumstances for the mistake. Take the personal responsibility for the mistake and for finding the solution. Once you admit the mistake . . . . Your time becomes more productive in seeking the solution . . . . by not wasting your time participating in the blame game. Admitting the mistake takes courage . . . . and will move you in the direction of a successful resolution.
- It in the attitude . . . . Your attitude will determine how you see the mistake . . . . and how you approach the condition. Look at the mistake through the eyes of what is possible . . . . and you will not only see the solution you will also see the opportunity.
- Resolve the mistake . . . . Mistakes need to be resolved. The longer a mistake goes unattended the more damage it can do. Unattended mistakes have a life of their own . . . . and can grow out of control. When a mistake occurs make the commitment to resolve the issue as quickly as possible . . . . with the best solution possible.
4. Learn from the mistake . . . . With a mistake comes a life lesson. Learn how to avoid the mistake in the future. Take the positive lessons from the mistakes . . . . and learn how to apply them in the future to enhance your success journey. The greatest lesson from a mistake is to have an open mind . . . . and to be receptive to learning . . . . and growing as a person.
- Turn the mistake in an opportunity . . . . A mistake is a condition that can be used as a spring board to opportunity. In many cases when people are faced with dealing with a . . . . . they withdraw from the condition that in itself compounds the mistakes. Your attitude will determine how you deal with a mistake.
With a possibility attitude you will see the mistake as a springboard to opportunity. Not only will you successfully work your way through the mistake . . . . When you emerge from the mistake you will have found the opportunity.
The five steps to turn a mistake into an opportunity is a systematic approach to successfully work your way through a mistake . . . . and to find the opportunity in the process.
Turning a mistake . . . . into an opportunity . . . . is a proactive business choice.
©2016 Lou Ludwig Success Tips, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author