There is a Chinese Proverb that states: “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.” Revenge is an uncontrollable monster. Not only will it ruin your peace of mind, but it also increases the chances of future retaliation. If you applied the principle “an eye for an eye,” you stand the risk of fueling revenge that doesn’t offer finality to a problem.
While it’s necessary to punish those who break the law, a fair punishment weakens the revengeful nature and creates a systematic approach to handle similar threats. In essence, forgiveness can reduce the cycle of revenge. It takes more courage to lay aside hatred and hurt than to take justice into your own hands.
Proper delegation can multiply your effectiveness while allowing others to grow.
People in positions of responsibility sometimes feel they are the only ones who can perform necessary tasks when others are capable of handling part of the load.
Allow someone to prove their worthiness. If that requires you taking the time to train them in a specific area, then it’s well worth doing so to maximize performance.
Everyone makes mistakes.
How we handle them is what can make or break us.
Some people strongly resist when they are wrong.
Their initial reaction is to respond defensively rather than acknowledging the mistake, apologizing, and doing what they can to make things right.
There is a level of respect warranted for people who openly admit their mistakes and take ownership.
That doesn’t mean the people impacted by the mistake will always be overly gracious, but they can become more accepting over time.
Rather than compound a mistake through defensiveness, take corrective action and identify the lesson behind it.
It can save a lot of undue stress.
What’s your approach to dealing with mistakes?