“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
Throughout sport, a ubiquitous theme is present; short term memory. Pitchers need to be able to forget a bad last pitch. Quarterbacks have to be able to put an interception behind them. Basketball players in shooting slumps often have to shoot through a rough patch to get back on track.
In my experience with baseball, dwelling on a bad at bat or error means that you will lack focus in the batters box and the ball will inevitably find you in the field. The same holds true in your day to day operations.
How effective can you be when your mind is stuck on a previous mistake?
There is definitely a fine line between using errors as learning experiences and allowing them to hold you back. Internalizing mistakes and allowing them to make you better is ideal. Letting them sink in and affect you negatively is a horse of a different color. The issue, then, becomes how you differentiate. Have a positive mindset in place ahead of time and it will afford you the ability to properly process the information, find a way to get better, and, most importantly, move forward.
Yesterday is gone.
Tomorrow isn’t promised.
Focus on the here and now.
Have an awesome Wednesday,