Leadership Tip: What To Do with Your Blunders and Absurdities

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In this post, I thought I’d share with you a bit of wisdom I have on display in my office as a personal reminder:

“Finish each day and be done with it.

You have done what you could.

Some blunders and absurdities have crept in.

Forget them as soon as you can.

Tomorrow is a new day.

You shall begin it serenely and

with too high a spirit to be encumbered

with your old nonsense.”

                    Ralph Waldo Emerson

Action Steps: 

  • At the end of each day, take a deep breath and appreciate what you and your team have accomplished. Then exhale and let go of all the rest of it. 
  • Begin the new day with a fresh slate - energized with optimism and high spirits for the possibilities ahead. 

What are your thoughts? – add your comments below.

Charles St.John

  • Dennis Green says:

    Great advice, Charles. I struggle with the feeling that I haven’t accomplished as much as I could have each day. So, I will heed your advice and try not to carry too much over from yesterday’s unfinished business. Thanks for reminding me if I were born today there is nothing I could have done about yesterday.

    • Charles St.John says:

      I like your idea about being born today – a great shift in perspective.
      Thanks Dennis!

  • Eric Siler says:

    Excellent! A practice to be mastered by all! Thank you!

  • Pam Dean says:

    Ah! A timely quote since I’ve been battling procrastination lately; those blunders and absurdities have found their way into my brain. Thank you for the reminder to be proud of what I have done and to get back on it tomorrow! All the best to you, my friend!

    • Charles St.John says:

      Thanks Pam,
      Yes, these little gremlins have a way of creeping into our heads. Quotes can be good brain cleaners.

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