copyright 2010 MC Lester

We've all been told not to sweat the small stuff, and that we should sweat the small stuff because it's all small stuff. The devil is in the details, so I'm not going to say that some small things aren't worth breaking a sweat over. But small mistakes don't make that list.

My cautionary tale

Over the weekend, I made a small mistake. I felt horrible and beat myself up over it for a good 15 minutes. Here's the thing. In that small space of time, I could have corrected the mistake. Even if the error had been bigger, I at least could have used that time to plan a response to mitigate the impact. But no, I wasted that time feeling like crap about something that wasn't that big a deal in the first place. So the ill will I was heaping upon myself created a bigger impact than the original miscue.

Your lesson

Skip the steps where you find fault and lay blame and just get on with solving the problem. You'll feel more effective and whatever went wrong will be righted faster.


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