The Challenge of a Mistake


We all make them. We rarely (if ever) do them intentionally. In the moment we make the best decision with the information that we have at the time.

Hindsight is 20/20. If we knew at the time what we know now then we would have made a different decision and hopefully had a different outcome.

The challenge of making mistakes is the ability to learn from them and move forward. People tend to struggle with one part or the other. Some don’t learn and keep making the same mistakes over and over again. Others have a hard time moving on and dwelling on their mistakes.

This week is Masters week. Golfers will play 18 holes at Augusta National each day for four days. They face the challenge of having to learn from their mistakes on a day to day, hole to hole and shot to shot basis while also moving forward as soon as the mistake is made. Fail to learn from a mistake and you could see the same errant shot on the same hole the next day. Fail to move on from a mistake and a hole that might have been a par could turn into a double bogey.

Mistakes happen. They’re part of life. The most successful people in the world often make the most mistakes. You can’t control making mistakes but you can control how you respond to them. Are you going to make the same error tomorrow? Are you going to stay in the moment and beat yourself up repeatedly?

Or, are you going to process what happened, learn from it, and make yourself better in the future?

Only one answer will get you to where you want to go.


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