Please don’t misunderstand this as though I’m saying we should fear mistakes. No, hopefully we learn from them and use them as a springboard for improvement. There are, however, ways we can decrease the odds of “unnecessary” mistakes taking place, while accepting they might still happen.
In baseball, a 3rd baseman making the throw to first base will occasionally miss the mark and throw it into the dugout for an error instead. Mistakes happen. Very forgivable. However, if he or she practices that throw on a continual basis, the chances of an error are much less likely.
In sales, you might mess up during a presentation. However, if you have learned the presentation correctly in advance, sought out feedback, and practiced a number of times, the chances of the mistake happening are much less likely.
Yet, we are human and mistakes happen. Let’s not fear them. And let’s learn from them and use them to great learning advantage. Still, let’s not hope for them (life throws us enough curve balls naturally). And, let’s create systems and processes to keep the unnecessary ones from happening to the best of our abilities.
What do YOU think?