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How Admitting Your Mistakes Is the Best Thing You Can Do

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Pinpoint how did the mistake happen and where things went wrong. Then ask yourself what you can do to fix the problem.

Assess if you need help or you can fix it on your own. Don't try to sweep it under the rug--that could backfire.

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How Admitting Your Mistakes Is the Best Thing You Can Do

How Admitting Your Mistakes Is the Best Thing You Can Do

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Own it

Take responsibility for whatever you did and understand the possible impact. 

Give yourself room to be wrong, and don't defend yourself in hindsight. Defensiveness is your number one enemy.

Communicate with those affected

Communicate the mistake to those affected or to those who can help, in ways that appeal to people's humanity.

Be sincere. Show that you care to fix it.  Be honest about your struggles.

Public apologies

Expect to make public apologies.

Use them to cure yourself and your whole company of being defensive. Of course, do whatever you can to not repeat a failure.

Trust people to help you

Taking responsibility means sacrificing your pride, not pumping your ego. It also means showing trust in people to help you.

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Acknowledge your mistakes

Never try to cover up or blame others for what went wrong. If you messed up, admit it and own it. 

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Learn from your mistakes

Once you learn from your mistakes, don't repeat them. 

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Teach others from your mistakes

When you make mistakes, make a point of teaching others what you've learned. Doing so builds connection and trust. 

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Clarify what you really want

Noticing and admitting our mistakes helps us get in touch with our commitments--what we really want to be, do, and have. 

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You can be flawed and be loved

People who love and care about us will stick with us through all our flaws and floundering. Our not so perfectness is what makes us unique and we are loved for it. So we should give ourselves a break.

Accept your fallibility

Facing mistakes often takes us straight to the heart of our fears. And when we experience and face those fears, they can disappear. 

When we are stuck and admit that we can't do it alone it sends a signal and opens the door for help to show up. People, resources, and solutions will appear, especially when we ask for help.

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