We all make mistakes. It’s how we handle it that can make matters better—or worse.
1. Congratulations: You Failed
Call it what it is: You messed up! Did you crash your car into a light pole? Or was it only that you tucked your skirt into your underpants and walked through the office before realizing it? As long as you’re okay physically, dust off and get right back up. (Resilience is key.) As skiers say, if you’re not falling, you’re not getting better. Rule one of bouncing back from failure: Admit it, own it.
2. Do a post-mortem
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(note: I originally wrote this piece for Reader’s Digest’s web site, www.rd.com)