Put it Behind You

The following is an excerpt from the forthcoming book, 100 Ways to Start Smart and Stay Ahead in Your Career.

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; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

We all have them—bad days at work.  We don’t do our best. We say things that are stupid, or our colleagues say stupid things to us.  We don’t take responsibility for mistakes or we don’t take credit for a success.

When a bad day happens, you might find yourself being competitive or petty or angry all day. You go over and over the slight or the disagreement. It goes home with you and comes back with you the next day.

When you can’t put an event behind you, it saps your strength and clouds your judgment. It can undermine your self-confidence or your professionalism. However, holding on to a bad day is simply a waste of time and energy.

Put issues and errors in perspective. Much of what consumes us on a daily basis is forgotten in a few days. Put them behind you. In the long run you will discover they were unimportant anyway.

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