Catchy title, right? You may have read that and thought, “who needs to be forgiven over at Perfect Pair Events?” Well, I do. And Kristin does and Jennie does and you do and anyone in business needs to be forgiven. Today, I want to talk about forgiving yourself when it comes to your job.
Summer is ending and that means our businesses are starting to pick up. For a lot of you that means school is starting or you’re about to hit you’re busiest season or you closed for the summer and you’re opening back up. Whatever business you’re in, summer ending is often a big and difficult transition. We’re definitely feeling some of that over here. We’re gearing up for our busiest season while still managing our regular everyday lives. It’s a balancing act keeping up with your family, friends, housework and your job. (Thankfully, being professional event planners, we are pretty practiced in that area). I am 100% positive we are not in the minority of finding ourselves in busy situations and trying to keep our lives and our businesses on track. If I have learned anything about keeping up with my daily life while handling a lot of work responsibilities, it is this: you screw up. You drop the ball. You forget an important detail. You ignore an important email. You neglect an important person. Just yesterday we were discussing an important detail that got missed. In the midst of some unforeseen circumstances a detail was overlooked. It was an easy mistake. I could tell you all the reasons it was missed, and you would completely understand. But, none of that changes the fact that a detail was missed and there were consequences for it that had to be remedied. It was fixed, and we moved on ensuring our events continue to go off without a hitch!
Over the past few months with so much going on I have definitely made some mistakes. I have had to make last minute changes, work extra hours, or send extra emails in order to fix my own mistakes. Thankfully, I work for wonderful women who always remind me that when you make a mistake you fix it, learn from it, and move on. Don’t dwell on it, don’t beat yourself up, don’t rationalize it. Fix your mistake, learn from it, and move on to the next task. I know that in this industry many of us don’t have someone watching our every move or handing us every task. Sometimes we have to motivate ourselves to grow our business. It is up to us to ensure our social media presence is strong or our blogs are up to date. It’s a lot! Sometimes a whole week goes by and I never get to our wedding blog. I look back over the week, and I see where I made mistakes and didn’t budget my time well. I have had to learn that forgiving myself is crucial to moving forward. Is it okay to shrug those mistakes off? Not at all. But is it okay to forgive yourself so you can be better at the things that make your business worth the investment? Absolutely! In fact, I think it’s necessary.
If you work for a small business then you know the pressures of having to push yourself in order to see growth. Sometimes (or often) that means we succumb to the pressure and beat ourselves up for our mistakes. If any of you are looking at your business today and seeing a long to do list and missing some of it, just remember that it’s okay to cut yourself some slack. When you make a mistake, forgive yourself, learn from it, and move on to the next task. You and your business will both be better for it!
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