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How to push through after making a mistake

Todays blog is a little different. In case someone else needs to know that they aren’t alone in going through a mentally tough time, I am going to share all the things that went wrong on Monday and how I am moving on from it. 

I listen to a lot of podcasts, and they help me a lot! Thankfully a common theme in the podcast is mindset. Geez, what a simple yet incredibly hard thing mindset can be, and yet, the common theme in these podcasts with extremely successful people is, how important a positive mindset is! 

That is an overly simplification of it, but truly the power of the mind is incredible! And I have always been taught how powerful the mind is, aka your thoughts, and it is something from a child I have worked on. I don’t think it is something you can do once and say “okay, got it, I am good forever now”. At least that hasn’t been the case for me. Maybe it is for you, and if it is, I am so happy for you! 

It seems to be something that I have to consistently be aware of and consistently work on. It is also something that is contagious. If you are around people with positive mindsets, you will catch it. Same goes though, if you are around people with negative mindsets, you will catch it. And if I am completely honest, I think that has been a major issue with my mindset this year, not enough positive entrepreneurs in my life, and its my own fault. 

Anyways, onto what happened Monday. 

Monday was fulfillment day of the first time I pre sold boxes of chicken. Because we have been raising chickens a few years now, I thought I knew enough about the whole process that I could accurately raise the right amount of chickens, as well as price them accordingly. As well as prep boxes the night before based on the pounds sold. 

Well, come to find out on Monday, I did none of those things correctly. 

I prepped boxes that were too small because chickens just don’t stack great.

I calculated processed weights wrong, so we didn’t raise enough chickens, about 50 short. 

I told the processor to leave more whole then I should have. 

I underpriced them so we barely made anything over the direct cost, meaning we didn’t get paid for all our work. 

Oh, and we put tape over our labels to “protect” them. Well when UPS arrived, some of the labels had faded so much he couldn’t scan them. Come to find out, the chemicals in tape can have a reaction with thermal printed labels and make them do that. 

So, what I wanted to do, and did for a few hours was pout, cry a little, and complain about how stupid I was and wondered if there was anything else I could have done wrong. And, I am going to say that it was okay that I did those things, I needed to get that out. What I did next is more important. 

Next, I went to my office and wrote down everything that went wrong. I did this so I know what I need to do differently next time. I decided that it was a great learning experience and I am glad that it was a relatively small batch of chickens to mess up on. 

These mistakes or failures I made, will only make me better. I know I will learn so much more from doing it wrong then I have ever learned from doing it right. 

So, if you made it this far, I hope this encourages you to push past the mistakes/failures/problems and ask yourself what you can learn from it. Find 1 thing positive and focus on that! This goes for ALL areas of life, your thoughts control your feelings, and your feelings like to control your actions. Positive thoughts = positive actions = positive results. Simple right!? HA! I know it can be hard, but it is the hard things in life that makes life great! 

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