Learn From Your Successes As Well As Your Mistakes

by Julie Baird on April 9, 2010

All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes – Winston Churchill

Mistakes are inevitable, we all make them. In fact academic risks are encouraged in schools. If students are not taking risks they are not pushing themselves far enough.  And risks sometimes lead to mistakes. And yet we all have a fear of failing. Instead of giving into that fear, use making mistakes as an opportunity to learn and grow.

The first step is to accept ownership for the mistake.

You learn nothing if you try and blame others. Be brutally honest with yourself about what you did that led to the mistake and what you could have done differently to get a better outcome.

Figure out what if anything can be done from this point to correct or reduce the impact of the mistake.

Consider what you will do next time if a similar situation comes up.

A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them. – John Maxwell

Learning from your mistakes is an obvious thing to do. But what about your successes? All too often we celebrate our success but forget to take the learning from it.

And yet, successes can provide many useful learning points for us too.

As with mistakes, each time you have a success, ask yourself the same questions.

What did you do that led to the success? Is this approach something that you will be able to repeat next time?

If you are struggling to control your time and get the results you know you are capable of then it is time to take action. The Focused Time Management System TM for Students avoids all the clutter and gives you the most important things to focus on to get you back in control of your time and your life. It’s all step by step, not a big mish mash of things. So you do step one of the system, and when you’re done with that, you move on to step two, and so on. So easy! All the tips, tools, and worksheets are handed to you on a silver platter. E mail me at Julie@thegradecoach.com to arrange a time to chat over your issues and see if I can help

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