4 Things To Do When You Drop the Ball at Work

**It happens – I dropped the ball

It’s been my goal this year to write every workday – 5 days a week.  And up until Tuesday, I had been consistent. I could give you a list of excuses why it didn’t happen, but most would just be that – excuses.  There just weren’t enough hours in the day. Nonetheless, I was disappointed and frustrated with myself. I had dropped the ball.  To say nothing of the fact that early in my work career it was drilled into me that consistency is the key to success.

Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally, it comes from what you do consistently. –Marie Forleo tweet

In my moments of frustration, I had a choice.  I could remain stuck with the disappointed and frustrated attitude, or I could choose more empowering actions. Aware of my choice I decided empowering actions. I did the following four things that got me going again.

4 Things to Do When you Drop the Ball at Work

  1. Stop judging. Like many, the minute a mistake occurs or something doesn’t go as planned the judgemental thoughts come rushing in. “You idiot. You knew this was going to happen.” “You could have planned better.” “Remember all the time you wasted ____.” Judgmental thoughts are Ego driven and come from a place of fear. Identify the fear (which is generally irrational), dispute it with the truth and notice how it begins to disappear.
  2. Breathe. We are not present when we are stuck in our heads with judgmental thoughts. Return to the present by spending a few minutes focusing on the breath.  Amazingly this can take less than five minutes and is well worth your time.
  3. Examine what can be cut. Examine your calendar and list of to do’s and wherever possible cut everything that doesn’t feel authentic.
  4. Take responsibility. Notify the people that are expecting work from you of the delay. Offer a sincere apology and give them a new date to expect results. Likewise, if this delay is going to snowball and cause delays in other tasks also, then notify those individuals as well.

Grab your journal; it’s your turn to grow

Take a few moments and reflect on the last time you dropped the ball at work?

  1. Of the four empowering actions above, which one do you need to pursue growth in?
  2. What steps can you take today to grow in that area?
  3. Who do you know that handles frustrations like this well?  Take a moment to let them know that they do this well and you admire their skill in this area.  You’ll feel great and so will they.



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