How To Recover From A Big Mistake


We all make mistakes. Sometimes we make big mistakes. This episode is all about how you recover from a big mistake.

Sometimes your relationship can get stronger because of the way you recover from a mistake.

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Here is the transcript to this episode of Four Minute Fixation:

How To Recover From A Big Mistake

What do you when you screw up? Give us four minutes and we’ll show you the five-step system to recover from a big mistake.

Hi. I’m Dave Lorenzo, and today, I’m fixated on recovery from big mistakes. All of us make mistakes from time to time, and some of those are big, they’re huge. When I say a huge mistake, any time you make a mistake that you can write a check to fix, that’s not really a big mistake. A big mistake is when you’ve made an error, when there’s an error, and it’s really hurt someone from an emotional perspective. Those are mistakes that are much harder to recovery from, so I’m going to share with you today a five-step process that you can use to help yourself and to help the others involved, when you’ve made a big mistake, recover.

This five-step process, each step begins with a letter A, so it’s easy to remember. Step number one, admit you were wrong. Whenever there’s an issue, most of the time anyway, you have some blame in this, so you have to admit first to yourself that you were wrong. When you’re ready to do that, you can begin the process of recovery. Admit you were wrong.

Step number two is apologize. Apologize to anyone involved who may have been offended or who may have been put out as a result of you making this catastrophic mistake or error. You have to admit you were wrong and then you have to apologize.

After you do that, step three, accept the consequences. You accept whatever you have coming to you. If the consequences are that this person is so offended that you’re not going to be friends with you any longer, so be it. You have to accept the consequences. You have to make your own internal peace with whatever the consequences are going to be. If you’ve made a big mistake and you perhaps broken a rule or broken the law, then you have to take the consequences that are coming to you as a result.

Step four is you attempt to make things right. As I said, if you have an issue or you’ve created a problem and you can write a check or multiple checks to solve that problem, you’re fortunate. Do that, write the check, so you have to attempt to make things right.

The fifth step is to allow yourself to move on. After you’ve admitted you were wrong to yourself and to anyone you’ve offended, and then you’ve apologized to anyone else you’ve offended and you’ve accepted the consequences, you’ve accepted them in your heart and you’ve accepted them among the others who were involved in this situation, and then you’ve attempted to make things right, you have to allow yourself to move on.

Those are the four A’s, admit you were wrong, apologize, accept the consequences, attempt to make things right, and then allow yourself to move on. Each of these steps is important in their right. Admitting you were wrong is important because it shows that you’re not going to make an excuse and you’re not going to allow someone else to take the blame. You take the responsibility yourself. Apologizing shows that you feel badly and that you want the other person to understand exactly how badly how you feel. Accepting the consequences proves to everyone that you’re willing to accept, you’re willing to take on whatever is associated with the wrongdoing, with the mistake that you’ve committed.

Attempting to make things right, again, shows that your hearts in the right place and that you want to do the right thing for the people who are involved. Allowing yourself to move on is your own way of healing. You cannot obsess over one mistake or one error that you’ve made because life is a series of moving from one event to the next, and if you get stuck, mired or bogged down in the past, you’ll never be able to achieve the greatness you so richly deserve. Once you follow these other steps, forgive yourself and allow yourself to move on.

I’m Dave Lorenzo, and today, I’m fixated on helping you get past any mistakes you may have made. I’ve got to go take care of those steps myself right now. Until next time, I’ll see you here at Four Minute Fixation.

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