Some things didn’t go as planned this weekend. Humphf. Sigh. Egads. Don’t you hate when this happens? When things do not go as planned, trace the steps backwards and see where things went off the path. Often times it will tie to a decision made. So frustrating.
Decisions, decisions, decisions.
We all have to make them. The older we get, it means we have more of them to consider. I’m a far better decision-maker at forty-two than I was at twenty-seven, but I still lack the foresight a lot of times to really understand how a decision will affect something in the future. Rats!
It’s important to understand that since we all make decisions, we also make mistakes. Mistakes are part of the learning process around decision-making. We also need to keep this in mind when a co-worker falls short, your children cause an extra repair in the house or your spouse doesn’t meet an expectation. Decisions and mistakes go hand-in-hand.
Something else to make a habit is to ask yourself, “What have I learned from this?” so you don’t make the same mistake twice. I see a lot of folks making the same decisions and feeling frustrated when they get the same results. They aren’t learning from the pattern. That’s worse than just making a flat-out mistake.
As you reflect this week on what you’re thankful for if you’ve made mostly good decisions along the way – then be grateful that you have this keen skill set. Remember though to forgive those who do not and help them learn how to master this. You’ll be making the world a better place one decision at a time.
Sheryl Brown / @BionicSocialite