5 Tips For Shaking Off A Mistake

by Vito Scarafile on Thursday, September 30, 2010

I recently asked my Dad if he’d be willing to do a guest blog spot and he agreed. I love these, especially the last one about sleep.  “)

Legendary Basketball Coach John Wooden once said, “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.” The obvious point he was trying to convey is that everyone makes mistakes and fails. It is what you do after the mistake or failure that makes all the difference. Here are 5 ways to shake off your mistakes and move forward to success.
•Brush it off
No one is perfect. Once in awhile everyone makes mistakes, it’s going to happen. Don’t spend time worrying about it, cooperate with the inevitable and focus on what you are doing.
•Don’t fuss about trifles
Forget the small stuff. If you let go of the smaller mistakes, you’ll be more focused and catch the larger ones before they happen.
•Don’t worry about the past
Shake off your mistakes and move on. Forget about what happened, no matter how silly or embarrassing. By letting go of the past it will help you focus on your current task.
•Profit from your mistakes
So you’ve made a mistake, now figure out why you made the mistake, make a note and move on. Making even a mental note will help remind you to be more careful next time the situation comes up.
•Rest before you get tired
Many times silly mistakes are made simply because you are tired. Make sure that you get enough sleep.
Thoughts?  Please post your comments here.
Until next week..

“It’s Gonna Be A Twitteriffic Day!”

Sometimes you just gotta make light of it all…
It’s sad, but it’s kind of true.  And, like it or not, this is the way many, many people are communicating these days.  It doesn’t mean you have to love the vehicle, but you go where the fish are and these days, the fish are swimming around in the social media pool.
What do you think?  Do you love Twitter?  Do you Tweet?  Or, do you hate it?  Indifferent?
Let me know what you think.  Post your comments here.
until next week.

4 Things You MUST DO To Be Successful Using Social Media…

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the difference between those who succeed in the social media arena and those who don’t do as well. I’m sure that there are many, many variables at play, but off the top of my head, I came up with these four. See what you think…

You MUST Act with Honesty & Humility.

Your client has a bullshit meter that works like a charm. They have the capability to smell insincerity (over your ethernet line) & faster than the speed of sound. Being honest & yourself will be one of your greatest strengths.

You MUST Accept Change.

Do I really need to explain this one? Your only guarantee in life is that things are gonna change, so you had better adapt. The only other option is six feet under. Those who can’t keep up will get run over, especially in the area of technology which moves at lightening speed. Stay on top of the trends and you’ll be fine. Rest easy, because I have already found the best of the best and you won’t have to waste your valuable time trying to figure out who to pay attention to…

You MUST Inspire.

Don’t be dull ! AND don’t doubt yourself. You may second guess that your opinion is valuable, but I promise you, SOMEONE ELSE THINKS SO! And they will applaud you for being authentic.

You MUST Take Care of the Client Experience.

This one is really important! Social media is a great way to connect very quickly with your client. It’s also a great way to get quick and instant feedback. When your client shares something with you and trusts you enough to interact, you need to be paying attention so you’re ready to jump into the conversation. If you don’t respond, chance are, you’ve lost the client.
So there you have it. There’s four, off the top of my head. What other things do you think you MUST DO? What other characteristics or principles need to be in play? Let me know your thoughts, please.
until next week…

Icing The Kicker

In the sport of American football or Canadian football, the art of “icing the kicker” is a tactic employed by defending teams to disrupt the process of kicking a field goal just prior to the snap. Typically, either a player or a coach on the defending team will call time out just as the kicker is about to attempt a game-tying or game-winning field goal. This is intended to distract, frustrate, annoy, and make the kicker nervous, increasing the likelihood of him missing the kick.
Last week, I got iced. Last Tuesday, I got up before either of the boys were awake and I sat down and wrote from early am until 2pm. The only reason I stopped was because I needed to get online for a class I’m taking. My class was the proverbial time out. I will admit, there was a part of me that wanted to blow off the class and keep on writing. Class ended at 4:30 and my son had a swim meet that night that started at 7, so I knew I would have another 2-½ hours to write; providing I could get back into it…
Additionally, I was feeling resentful of the swim meet. Not resentful of the swim meet itself, but I felt guilty that I didn’t want to go; that I wanted to keep on writing; that I wanted to do something for myself. Bottom line, I was pissed that I was unable to continue and I was feeling guilty for feeling pissed.
And I was fretting about whether or not I would be able to get my head back in the game.
That was a bigger feat than one might think. I’d always experienced this with painting. The times when I felt most inspired were often the most inconvenient times; in the middle of the night… in class… while on vacation and sans any art supplies… and now the same was holding true for writing. Just to sit down and do it usually would get me moving towards that infamous “zone“, but getting myself to sit down to do it was an accomplishment in and of itself.
So I found myself on one of my most productive days ever… kicking field goals right and left (or straight and high, I guess I should say) until I got iced.
Truthfully, this happens all the time, doesn’t it? Your kids will always interrupt you at the most inopportune time. The traffic is always the worst when you’re late and the paper will inevitably jam in the copier when you’re trying to print the handouts for your presentation. I’m not just talking about Murphy’s Law… I’m talking about those moments when you are truly at your best; totally present, in the zone or the flow or whatever you want to call it (I call it being incredibly productive) and someone or something calls you to the sidelines. I was the kicker and I was being iced. So, what I want to ask you is… how do you get back on your game after you’ve been thrown?
How do you keep your focus or better yet, knowing that interruptions will arise, how do you bring yourself back to that place before you were interrupted?
When life throws a monkey wrench at you, how do you deal? Do you cover your head and duck or do you catch the wrench and try to juggle?
Please post your comments here.
until next week…
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