Whoops! I Made a Mistake . . . Now What?

Earlier today, my web designer showed me the section of my website where I had a number of “unprocessed” orders. All of the orders were previously processed (some were even processed years ago!) This was just a list of all of those orders I had received through my website. What I didn’t know, until today, was after an order was processed, I needed to click a button to move each order from one category to another to clean up my lists.

When my webmaster showed this function to me, I clicked on all of the previous orders and choose the action “process all.” I thought this was simply going to move the order from the “to be processed” list and onto the “processed” list. I thought I was just cleaning up the admin side of my website.

I didn’t realize in selecting “process all” an automated system kicked in, sending an email to each and every one of those people telling them their order had just been processed! That means, I accidentally sent emails today to every past client who purchased seminar tickets, books, DVDs, etc. from the store on my website! That’s a lot of people!!

Let me tell you, I’m getting quite a few emails and FB messages now from some confused individuals. It will be a very interesting day (maybe weekend) for emails!

Yikes! I made a mistake. Now what?

Each of us makes mistakes from time to time. When you do, rather than beating yourself up over it, learn from it. Ask yourself:

What did I learn from this experience and, as a result, what will I do differently next time?

Life is a learning process. When you learn from your mistakes, you grow. For that reason, make it your mission to make more mistakes. What kind of outrageous suggestion is that? Why on earth would I suggest that you make more mistakes? If you’re making mistakes, you’re taking actions and risks. The more actions and risks you take, the more you’ll grow and the greater opportunity you’ll have to live a joy-filled and worry-free life.

Please understand that I’m not advising you to take foolish risks or make mistakes on purpose. I’m suggesting you don’t allow the possibility of making a mistake stop you from taking action. I’m suggesting that you aim for success, not perfection.

That is exactly my mindset after making this mistake today:

I am for success, not perfection.

I am certainly aiming for success! In fact, that’s why my webmaster was visiting with me today in the first place! I’m creating a BRAND NEW online course. It’s the CALM Course about How to Transform Worry into Inner Peace. I’ve been working on it for two months now. I probably have another two months ahead before I’m ready to go live with it.

I’m super-excited about this course, even though the learning curve is steep (I’m using a lot of new technology), and I’m okay with that–I just keep moving forward (even when I make mistakes like I did today!)

What keeps me moving forward? It’s people like a lady named Louise from England who wrote to me saying she didn’t commit suicide because of the four-step process she read about in my book CALM. And, a woman named Christine in New York who said she was finally able to find some peace from the grief after her husband’s death because of the CALM process. This online course will teach people in greater depth how to implement the CALM process into their lives. I know it’s important work. I really believe it’s my purpose.

So that’s what I’ve been up to this summer. Today’s mistake was just a little blip!

When you make mistakes:

Step One: Ask yourself: What did I learn from this experience and, as a result, what will I do differently next time? 

Step Two: Affirm to yourself: The goal is success, not perfection.

Apply this positive approach to making mistakes in your life and amazing things will happen. The fear of making mistakes will begin to lessen, your ability to recover from setbacks will strengthen, and your inner peace and confidence will grow.

When taking action towards your goals and dreams, aim for success by doing your best to reach a specific goal. If you get the outcome you were hoping for, great! If you don’t, pat yourself on the back for doing your best, learn what you can from the experience, and adjust your actions until you get the result you were looking for. Despite my many—many—mistakes, this very approach keeps me growing forward.