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Be clear about what went wrong

Be clear about what went wrong

Start with a few simple declarative sentences. “I did X. As a result, Y happened.”

You can provide more context afterward, but it’s critical to lay out clearly what happened. Also, leave explanations for when the problem is fixed.

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As soon as you find out that you have made a mistake, reach out to talk about it with your boss. 

If your boss requires an appointment, set one up right away—with some urgency. The less time you wait, the better. This will allow for a faster fix of any potential negative co...

Overcoming mistakes at work starts with a difficult conversation.

Though it may not seem like it, your aim is actually to increase the amount of trust you get from your boss. If they know you will come to them to alert them of problems you have caused, then they don’t necessaril...

Taking responsibility means doing whatever you can to repair the problem. 

Tell your boss anything you have done already to try to fix the problem. If you have other suggestions, lay them out. Work closely with your supervisor to understand better how to solve the situation.

You need to think through how you will handle situations like that in the future. 

Identify what went wrong. Did you act too quickly? Did you neglect to check your work? Did you listen to someone you shouldn’t have?

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Accept your emotions

Recognize what happened and how you feel. Suppressing your emotions will get you nowhere. It’s important to first focus on how you feel.

You can also journal your emotions or speak with a close confidante. Or you can go to therapy, of you think it's right for you.

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Mistakes at Work

  • Most people unconsciously overreact about their mistakes.
  • It is much better to accept mistakes, learn from them, and move on.

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  1. Making impromptu decisions. Take the time to think about the pros and cons of your decision and weigh out the consequences.
  2. Lacking peace.  Take deep breaths in a quiet environment to evaluate the facts before you decide.
  3. Wallowing in the chaos of everyday life,...

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