“If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.“ –George Bernard Shaw.
Then we consider Benjamin Franklin or Thomas Edison’s statements: “I know several thousand ways how it will not work” or, another version, “I am 50,000 times closer to the solution.”
No matter who coined the phrase, the point is, learning from your failure is your lesson to success. Value your mistakes.
It may seem obvious that understanding “why” you did not get your anticipated results is the key preventing you from falling into the same trap again. Hopefully, when an action misfires, you know exactly what went wrong.
But, what happens when you cannot really put your finger on what happened? Doesn’t it feel like you are banging your head against the wall, when you do the same thing time and time again, and get the same result over and over. By letting history repeat itself, you too run the very real risk of losing money, wasting time, exhausting yourself, your employees and your clients. Locking yourself in this vicious loop, makes you miss an incredible pool of opportunities and accomplishments.
What if you could intervene? What if you could make a positive out of a negative? It’s all about the “why!”
Learning the “why” of any unintentional outcome is such a critical component to not finding yourself in the same mess again. Your “why” empowers you to re-direct mistakes into smart re-takes. You can, you need, and you want to make the most of lessons. This step alone is paramount in getting you to produce the results you desire – efficiently and effectively.
So, you need to get answers to why something didn’t work, right? You want answers! Good. Then, let’s get you to raise more questions – some of which you may never have asked yourself yet.
Allow me to explain why I like being known as the “Why Lady.” There is a valid reason for my prodding questions and I want to give you the secret to every coaching session I do and let you start this on your own. With every statement you make about your business results, counter it with one of these questions:
The trick is re-phrasing your sentence to begin with the above key words, then re-answering it. Trust me. Capture your immediate responses – you may be surprised by what you come up with!