6 Simple Wealth Minded Steps To Not Beat Yourself Up Over Your Mistakes and Help Make You a Better Person

Stop Beating Yourself Up Over Your Mistakes

We all make mistakes. All of us. None of us are perfect, no matter how perfect people look on the outside, no one is perfect. What we do with those mistakes is what helps make us better.

We can learn from our mistakes and continue to improve or we can dwell on our mistakes and even make ourselves feel worse.

Let me share this experience I had earlier this year. I’m in charge of sending our email promotions for the company I work for. I had set up two separate promotions, ended up changing something on one of the emails, thinking it was the other email, and scheduled both emails. Well, the next morning after the promotional email was sent to all of our 60,000+ customers, I realized it had the text for the other promotion, but the image for the original promotion. Oops! It was super confusing to the customers, but instead of beating myself up, I just made a plan on how I could fix it and how to avoid doing it in the future. I wasn’t really upset.

I learned long ago (okay, maybe just like 5 years ago), when someone hires you, they hire the entire package. They don’t just hire your perfections, they hire your imperfections as well. Everyone makes mistakes. We just need to acknowledge them, learn from them and move on.

None of us are perfect. I used to beat myself up about making mistakes; I’d feel really bad and have a hard time getting over it (sometimes even cry). But not anymore – what’s done is done and all I can do is apologize, learn from my mistake and move on.

Over 7 years and this was only my 2nd major mistake in an email promotional campaign (don’t ask what the first was, okay, I’ll tell you, I wrote panty is instead of pantry, haha, my bad!!).

I actually felt pretty darn good about myself only making 2 mistakes in 7 years (regarding email campaigns, don’t worry, I make a lot of other mistakes elsewhere).

I decided to let the email be. I added the extra items to our current promotion, and apologized in the next day’s email. I also started having my boss do a final proof on the emails before I sent them out.

How did I come up with how to handle this mistake? I just put myself in the customers’ shoes. What would I want if I was the customer seeing an image that certain products were on sale, but then reading the text that said other items were on sale? I’d want to see all the items on sale and I wouldn’t complain. So that’s exactly what I did.

I also think we need to acknowledge our mistakes, so that’s why I decided to address it in the next day’s email.

So here’s the 6 simple wealth minded steps to not beat yourself up over your mistakes:

  1. Realize everyone makes mistakes, you’re not alone.
  2. Acknowledge your mistake.
  3. Apologize for your mistake (to whichever parties necessary).
  4. Come up with a plan of how you can best rectify the mistake.
  5. Make a plan to help avoid making the mistake again.
  6. Let it go – there’s no need to dwell on it because you’ve handled it the best you could; just move on and leave it in the past.

Have you made financial mistakes before? Perhaps getting into too much debt? Buying a more expensive car? Feeling house poor? Whatever mistakes you’ve made, especially regarding finances, follow the steps above and let’s move into a new space where you start to feel better about your finances and stop beating yourself up over your mistakes. Let’s acknowledge those mistakes, make a plan to rectify them and stop repeating the mistake. How have you been able to get past your mistakes?

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