If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not moving. (Lucinda Cross)
In my world it is hard to learn to Activate if you are scared to make mistakes. If you are afraid of error and embarrassed by messing things up. Many times I had to laugh at some of the senseless mistakes that taught me how to be consistent, patient and have a “good is good enough” attitude in order to get things done.
Here are some mistakes that really made no sense but I learned valuable lessons from.
Mistake #1: Responding to an email without removing certain individual names attached to it. So I sent it to Jane, Shawn and Rachel when the email was for Jane. I just clicked reply instead of bcc’ing the others.
Mistake #2: Not locking my cell phone, so my client that I just got off the phone with hears my 1 yr old dialing her number and me singing “For the love of money” by the O’Jays in the background.
Mistake #3: Forgetting to do a spell check, I sent my newsletter to 12k people with the title “Forgive and Fourget”, instead of “Forgive and Forget”….duh…
Mistake #4: Not charging my phone before a radio interview and or teleconference.
Mistake #5: Leaving my dress hanging up by the kitchen where I just made garlic shrimp. (there is no perfume that can remove the fresh garlic smell out of your dress minutes before you have to put it on)
Mistake #6: Scheduling a group coaching call on the same night of my anniversary. (not a happy hubby)
Mistake #7: Parked in NYC parking lot (ridiculously expensive). Left the house w/o cash, changed pocket books and forgot to put my wallet in. (Thank God I had some books in the trunk to sell or else I would have been walking home)
Embrace the oops in your life, it may take some getting used to because no one likes to make mistakes, but guess what, we are not on America’s Next Top Model and Simon is not judging our every move.
Mistakes prep us to do something risky, challenging, something out of our comfort zone. A mistake is something often unplanned something unexpected, an odd outcome or side journey, usually something that alerts us to either get going or slow down. Next time you make a mistake ask yourself, what can I make of this? What kind of bonus is this?
Make mistakes and keep it moving.
Lucinda Cross is a Lifestyle and Business fire starter specializing in women’s success. She is the CEO and Founder of Activate!, Author of Corporate Mom Drop Outs, Founder of Praying Moms.org and Activate Me 24/7 Membership. She is also co-owner of the Super Mom Entrepreneur Conference and Expo. Her journey into entrepreneurship began when she became a mom and she has been building businesses ever since as a mompreneur. She has defied all the odds both in life and in business and has mastered the ability to turn adversities into advantages. She travels the world sharing her message and inspiring women to Activate in all areas of life! Her new book “The Road To Redemption: Overcoming Life’s Detours, Obstacles and Challenges” is set to release in Mar 2012. You can find out more about Lucinda Cross or request to hire her for your upcoming conference, seminar, graduation or celebration by emailing her agent at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply connect with her on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/lucindacrossspeaks.com , Twitter @lucindaspeaks.