How to get better and get good at doing better

Why are people scared of making mistakes? Why are we scared of failure?
It is time to realize that making mistakes is part of being human. It is inevitable. When we make mistakes, we learn, and we grow. Mistakes are where the errors of the past become the wisdom for the future.
As Eckhart Tolle puts it “It is through the mistakes that the greatest learning happens on an inner level.”

Living in a fast-paced, dynamic, and intense world we have a hard time focusing on the present moment, going inward and listening to our thoughts and feelings.
We are concerned and occupied with our next steps, next move, and what we will be doing tomorrow, next week or even next year. We feel it is easier to focus on the future instead of being present.
Our world has created a mindset of scarcity – we believe that time is slipping away with moments to spare. We rarely believe that time should be invested in looking at our past failures, obstacles, and challenges.
In a fast-moving world, it is important to learn from our past mistakes, look at our challenges and understand why we did things the way we did.

According to a study published in the Harvard Business Review – taking responsibility for one’s failures increases the chances of improving one’s performance in subsequent challenges. The study showed that those who took responsibility for the faults of their first task, perform their second task better.

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So, how do we learn from mistakes to improve ourselves, and how do we learn from our successes so that we will be able to preserve and grow with them?
How do we instill a culture of debriefing and learning in an organization? How much time and effort do we need to devote to these debriefings? Is it even worth it?

Noam Gershony, an ex-pilot in the Israeli Air Force and a paralympic champion, relays an exciting lecture that reveals the secrets of debriefing and overcoming future challenges. This special tactic is used in the Israeli Air Force and Noam explains how to adopt these practices in your organization and how it could be of benefit all stakeholders.

Building an organizational infrastructure that encourages constant learning from the past, promotes transparency, prevents cover-ups, and develops a culture of taking responsibility instead of blaming others is crucial.

After being injured when his helicopter crashed – from the first time he got out of bed in the hospital, his return to the world of sports on a wheelchair, and to winning an Olympic medal; how he managed to achieve goals faster, how he decided to play sports competitively, and what preparations he made before every game.

Learning lessons from our failures and successes is crucial for personal and organizational success.

Thomas Edison once said “Negative results are just what I want. They’re just as valuable to me as positive results. I can never find the thing that does the job best until I find the ones that don’t.”

Perhaps we desire to “save time”, perhaps it is the fear of owning up to our failures, or maybe failing is not just who we believe we are.
But imagine if we were to change this ideology – where we could be when accepting mistakes and the space we could create for growth. Our community must foster an honest environment of learning, efficiency, responsibility, and growth.