No Pain, No Gain

Resilience.  It’s easier said than done.

Mistakes happen all the time.  Sometimes we make them; other times we’re affected by those mistakes made by others. When we make the error ourselves, particularly if it’s mistake that could have easily avoided, it hurts, it stings, it makes us take pause.

Especially when the set-back or challenge otherwise is unexpected.  That can be super frustrating.  It can take the wind out of our sails.   If it’s severe enough, there might be some actual pain.

And so when that happens, what options do we have to respond?

You could roll over, run away, and give up. But that approach isn’t sustainable; and you’d never get anything of note accomplished if you just walk away every time you lose, you make a mistake, you suffer some delay or obstacle in your way.

Point of fact, that’s the exact time to FEEL it, and then TRANSCEND it. Or rather, that’s the time to take from the experience the lesson and the energy to learn and find the next dose of motivation to move forward.

Earlier this week I discovered a mistake I’d made at work;  the error actually occurred a couple of months ago.  I wasn’t able to piece together exactly WHY I made the mistake, but I did.  It wasn’t catastrophic, and could be remedied by others, thankfully.  However, it was certainly the type of error that, if repeated often, would fundamentally damage data integrity around business decisions that are made. NOT GOOD.

But the lesson itself?  It was GOOD.  Good for me to be reminded how detailed and exact and methodical we need to be in our work, everyday.  Good reminder that focus and review and repeated processes are the best way to minimize errors.  Good lesson in how to be a better business person, a better worker, a better doer. Every time.

I’ve heard it said more than once with respect to carpentry:  when you’re cutting board to building something, “measure twice, cut once.”  That’s a good maxim for most any task.  It’s a good idea to quickly check your work, give one more review, be SURE you’ve done it right.  No substitute for that.

What’s more?  It is in the learning and the mistakes and the pain that we get better.  So let’s do that.  Let’s get better.  Everyday.  No pain, no gain.  But what’s also true?

“Know Pain, Know Gain.”

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