We get ourselves into such knots trying to run our businesses and trying to run our lives. I see this every day both with clients I speak to and in my own deliberations about how I lead myself.
Asking “why” we would expect our business to run perfectly as a hallmark of success when we see our live do not is a great “can-opener question”.
In pursuing the argument a bit further, I see that life not only does not run perfectly, it is full of what could be characterized as mistakes, misfires, false starts, even failures. At least mine is.
I now see these so-called mistakes as part of the design of living, as inherent to growth and discovery now as they were when as a babe, I stood and fell hundreds of times in learning to walk. These are the struggle points of growth.
As my business is part of my life, why would I expect my work to be absent these same so-called mistakes, errors and even failures? In work too, these are natural signs of growth and building success.
The kaizan process-improvement teachers have a saying “fail forward, quickly”. The message is to try, fail sometimes, learn and try again as step-by-step, the success accrues.
As a business coach, the one guarantee I can make is that in working together, we will make mistakes as certainly as we build greater and greater success.