What went wrong? What can I learn?
It’s easy to forget to analyze mistakes. It’s easy to just keep trucking, to pass them up and never look back to consider what went wrong.
But that’s a second mistake. Each mistake offers an opportunity for reflection, for finding out what went wrong and what could be improved for next time. Because there will always be a next time, it seems. History repeats itself, especially for those who don’t pay attention enough to break the patterns.
So now, here I am, perfect opportunity to reflect on what happened, to realize that, “Oh, yeah, checklists make a big difference for me, at least at this point in my life.”
Reflecting on what went wrong is like running a pre-mortem, except in this case you have a real situation to analyze. You really know what went wrong, not some prediction of what could go wrong. You can actually run a real post-mortem.
So why not reflect, and learn from the reflection?