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Your Attitude About Mistakes Matters

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Have you ever noticed how the energy in a room can change when a person enters? A person carries their attitude wherever they go.

It is inescapable, and it affects everyone it contacts. When you enter a room, you bring your attitude along. How often do you pause to assess your attitude? Being aware of your attitude, especially when you are under stress, can help you make adjusts when needed. What is the impact of an attitude?

    1. Positive. You can lift the energy of the entire room. You can bring smiles to faces. You can create hope and happiness. You can display confidence.

    2. Negative. You can destroy a team. You cause rumors to persist. You plant the seeds of despair and hopelessness. You cause others to leave or ignore you. You change the attitudes of others to negative.

    3. Neutral. Neutral is better than negative, but you limit your impact. You wield no influence. What benefit are you to the team? Are you living your purpose to the best of your ability?

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.” It is true that we impact ourselves, and those around us when we take the time to choose and adjust our attitude. Is it possible to always be positive? No. But we can get better at adapting our attitude. We can get better at recognizing how our attitude affects others. We can get better at carrying our attitude. Also, sometimes, there are more personal reasons as to why someone is carrying around specific energy.


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We’re human and to be human means making mistakes. Your fellow employees and managers have all made mistakes at one point in their lives. You might find someone makes a mistake on a daily basis at the office, so you’re not alone. Even the most thoroughly prepared leader will end up making a mistake at some point. Business2Community explored some common issues leaders might face and how to deal with the blowback. Their first tip is one you’ll meet time and again – handling an employee’s mistake.

Your first instinct might be to yell, threaten, or criticize team members in front of others. But these tactics rarely work. Putting your frustration and temper on-display for all to see, shows that you don’t respect your employees and reveals that you have a lower emotional IQ. Worse, this destructive criticism attacks their self-esteem, which in turn decreases their morale, engagement, and productivity. This degradation may even lead to an employee holding a grudge against you.

They proceed to explain that it boils down to building trust. If you want to have a work environment that runs smoothly, these tips can surely aid you. Confucius wrote, “the wise should not hesitate to correct themselves.” Everyone makes mistakes and sometimes, we let it affect ourselves to the point where it nearly changes who we are. A wise person quickly corrects their mistakes. If we want to grow our influence, our authenticity, our credibility, our leadership ability, then when we make a mistake, we must clearly say, “I was wrong.”

A mistake does not show weakness. It only reveals that we are human. Our character is exposed by the actions we take after we realize we made a mistake. You’re not burying your head in the sand. You’re not passing the buck onto a coworker. Owning your failures shows those around you that you’re willing to get through the tough stuff and that you are dependable. Therefore, when we are faced with another mistake, we should be proud that we are willing to learn, and make corrections.

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Mark S. Brown
Mark S. Brown is an executive coach who is passionate about personal development. He works to make a difference in people's lives by empowering them with skills and knowledge that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in. Mark has been coached, mentored, and certified by John Maxwell and his team. This coaching certification allows Mark to successfully coach and train individuals, groups, organizations, and companies.
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