I’ve been thinking more and more about cognitive flexibility and I begin to realise that besides being able to drop our expectations immediately once reality deviates, it is also important to stop dwelling on mistakes. Rather, it is to use mistakes in the right way. For immediate mistakes, that has no real impact, like a wrong word used in a speech, it’s great to be able to gloss over it and continue with the performance.
For those that takes longer to be revealed, it is important that we respond to it by ensuring that we can take follow-up actions so that you can turn whatever comes up into something of value. To look upon ‘mistakes’ as opportunities to right a course, but not to necessary try to restore things to what we had originally expected. Rather, make it better, in view of the context of things.
That is the great wisdom from Miles Davies.