Everyone makes mistakes.
I have made quite a few lately, and it got me thinking about decisions, mistakes and learning from everything.
Last week, I talked about how I was cutting the cord, but even this week, I was still making mistakes on that endeavor.
First mistake: I bought the wrong modem/router combo. I didn’t figure that out until this week. That equaled a trip to the store in a snowstorm, so sometimes mistakes can be challenging.
Second mistake: Not doing enough research ahead of time. This mistake goes all the way back to last fall. I decided last fall that I would stream my college football games instead of paying for extra channels on my cable and Sling was giving out free Roku’s. I love me some free stuff, so I went with it. No research at all. Finally figured out this week, that my free Roku was not enough to take advantage of all the speedy technology in my house and that was why it was always dropping my signal and having issues with the live TV. Once I did the research to solve this problem, I found out I needed a Roku that was just one level up from the one I have. Talk about frustrating.
Third mistake: Believing the cheapest option would work for me. When I went shopping for all the new equipment the first time, I just grabbed the cheapest option of the stuff I needed. I found out that, sometimes, you actually do need a little more expensive option. Three trips to the store to return things and a bunch of frustration and time wasted, I learned my lesson that sometimes you need to spend a little more to get what you need. And in this case, those options actually were only about $30 more in total.
I am finally all up and running and error free on my new service but I was reminded this past couple of weeks that mistakes happen and you will be able to solve them.
I was also reminded that it is easier to solve a mistake when you take your time and are thinking about it. I never fix my mistakes when I am in that moment of frustration. I always have to take a step back, walk through the problem and magically, I can piece the puzzle together and find a solution.
I had mistakes at work this week too. I followed those same steps of taking a step back, slowing down, and being thoughtful. It might take a little more time up front, but it saves so much time and embarrassment and frustration on the other side.
Yesterday, I was sewing a new bag, and it is a gift, so I wanted it to be perfect. Little mistakes I would normally not care about, had to be fixed. There was a lot of seam ripping and re-sewing. But, because of my week of mistakes, I just reminded myself that even though I was on a deadline, take my time and don’t get frustrated. Mistakes happen. I can fix them.
And that is really the lesson of all of this.
Mistakes happen. They can be fixed with a little time, patience, and thought.
Here’s to making mistakes and learning this week.
Let’s go out and get stuff done!