How to Bounce Back from a Mistake

Use this guided meditation to move on after messing up

Photo by Tim Gouw

With the number of mistakes I’ve made over the years, you’d think I’d be used to them by now. But it still stings a bit when I realize I’ve made one — especially in my professional life.

In the wake of a mistake, my first inclination is to rush into cleanup mode instead of pausing to move forward with a clear head. But when I’m in an emotion-fueled rush, I often make more mistakes.

Maybe you can relate?

On the plus side, with all the errors I’ve made I’ve also had ample opportunity to practice recovering from them. My go-to trick is to take a few minutes to tap into a calmer mindset before moving on to rectify the situation.

Want to give it a try? Here’s a brief audio recording (2m30s) that guides you through a quick calm down after a mistake.

Even though this is something I regularly practice, I’m continually surprised at just how effective a 2 to 3 minute pause can be.


Originally published at yogiconomist.com.