As I’ve been sharing recently on Getting Work To Work, I’ve been putting myself in situations that reveal how much I don’t know. I have to learn as fast and as safely as possible. Most importantly, I have to recover from mistakes quickly. Some days it just feels like my best isn’t good enough. Sometimes people get upset, which in turn makes me feel awful. And that perhaps presents the most valuable skill anyone can learn: how to bounce back quickly after a setback, conflict, or mistake. If you are a chronic people-pleaser like myself and want to find a way to be okay with giving your best, even when it isn’t enough, this episode is for you.

Six ways to recover from those moments when giving your best isn’t good enough:

  1. Remember that in most situations, you are not defined by any single moment.
  2. Realize you can’t satisfy everyone (anyone).
  3. Understand that you will never arrive, so keep learning and expanding your skills and abilities.
  4. Learn how you need to reset in the moment, at the end of the day, and at the start of the next.
  5. Accept the recognition and appreciation of others as a sign that you are growing.
  6. You can’t take anything personal and never take it home with you.

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