How to deal with mistakes at work!


This is an article about how to deal with mistakes at work and let go!


We are human and human make errors. It is so normal to make mistakes or errors in work. How do you face it? Quite common that you will feel frustrated, upset and angry with yourself. And then the self-doubt creep in and you feel like you are the most useless people in the world.


"Why can I make such a silly mistake?"

You may also feel guilty. You may cause losses to the company, create trouble to your colleagues or cause harm to others life if you are some professionals eg doctors or engineers.


"How do you face this?"

You may also feel guilty. You may cause losses to the company, create trouble to your colleagues or cause harm to others life if you are some professionals e.g., doctors or engineers.


I will suggest following these 4 steps to deal with mistake at work.


1. Admit the mistake and let us face it!

Instead of covering up your mistakes with lie or escape from the situation, please do something brave! Please admit the mistake and face it. It is not only you need to admit to your superior or others that you make a mistake, but you should also admit to yourself. This is a difficult step. But without facing the mistake and "own" it, you could not grow, and you will not feel better if you keep escaping! You need to be responsible of you mistake and do whatever to solve the issue! You must own your mistakes instead of escape.


2. Learn a lesson

You must learn a lesson from your mistake. Not only that you admit your mistake, you should learn a lesson from it also. Think what caused the mistake to happen. Is it due to your carelessness, lack of knowledge, did not seek opinion from expert? Learn from it and plan to avoid same thing to happen again. Example if this is due to lack of knowledge, kindly please learn the skill needed.

3. Forgive yourself

Human make mistakes. Human errors could not be eliminated. If you are not machine, please forgive yourself! It is useless keep on dwelling with the guilty feeling. This could not change the situation at all and do not make any good to your company or to the society. Imagine if you are a new houseman in the hospital and you made a mistake at work. Then, instead of learning the lesson and grow, you only live in guilty and self-doubt, do you think you can perform better under this situation?


Let go!

Life is a journey that we will face up and down all the time. If you have learned your lesson and developed a plan to avoid this in future, please just "let go"!



Hope this article helps you to live your life to fullest instead of live-in guilt or self-doubt all the time!