Learn from Your Mistakes

Last night I was watching a discussion of Canada’s role in Afghanistan was discussed on “The West Block” Mr. David Mulroney, the former deputy minister in charge of the Afghanistan Task Force, said there are some important lessons to be learned from the results and mistakes made during that mission. He also indicated that a recently released report indicated that there was  little attention given to really understanding of the context surrounding Canada’s mission.  This fact alone amazed me!  We were sending our armed forces into a war-torn area without a really good understanding of what was possible to achieve?  Wow!

In fact, Mr. Mulroney went on to say the government should “figure out how we got it wrong before moving ahead”.   This seems so obvious!  Learn from your mistakes so you don’t keep making the same mistakes over and over again.

According to Mulroney, the key to success in international missions is “setting a small number of modest, definable and achievable goals”.

You may not understand Canada’s role in Afghanistan, or support efforts overseas in war-torn areas, but there is a learn-keyvery strong message for every business and not-for-profit leader to make a major impact

1.  Set a small number of modest goals.   Too many goals or lofty goals sound great but offer more opportunities for missing the mark.

2.  Ensure your goals are clearly stated, measurable and achievable.  This may sound like old news but too often goals miss the mark in these three facets.

3.  Learn from your mistakes.   Listen to different perspectives, review new information as it comes in and be willing to make those tough decisions and changes needed to really advance your efforts.


People are remarkably bad at remembering long lists of goals. I learned this at a professional level when trying to get my high-performance coaching clients to stay on track; the longer their lists of to-dos and goals, the more overwhelmed and off-track they got. Clarity comes with simplicity.

Brendon Burchard

If you could use some help in aligning your goals with what you can achieve and make a big impact, book a complimentary Business Assessment Session.  

Virtual Book Club Event – Changeology


Breakthrough Fridays
A Business Series for the Entrepreneurial Minded
Presented by Ignite Leadership International (TM)
Join me for the first Break Through Fridays “Book Club” event.I encourage you to read this book prior to our call on October 11.  Come prepared to discuss the book, your insights and what actions you want to implement.
No time to read the book?  Join us anyway!  This event will highlight key points of the book and you can participate in the discussion, ask questions and share your thoughts.

To purchase the book…   Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing Your Goals and Resolutions

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1: The scientific study of behavior change.
2: A widely hailed self-help book authored by clinical psychologist John Norcross.
3: Your research-supported guide to meaningful self-change in 90 days.

Change is hard. But not if you know the 5-step formula that works whether you’re trying to stop smoking or start recycling. Dr. John C. Norcross, an internationally recognized expert, has studied how people make transformative, permanent changes in their lives.

Over the past 30 years, he and his research team have helped thousands of people overcome dozens of behavioral ailments.   Now his cutting-edge, scientific approach to personal improvement is being made available in this indispensable guide.

Changeology encompasses the entire change process, and you will be guided through all five steps of a proven system that you can use to change on your own or customize to your own life.”  Soundview Summary

You will learn

  • The 5 steps proven to help you implement changes so you realize your goals
  • How to apply these steps in to your business or career  (try these change exercises)
  • The insights and ideas of fellow entrepreneurially minded business leaders
Your Pre-event Action Plan
  • Purchase the book (click here)
  • Read it before the call (if you can)
  • Join me on October 11 — I’ll  review the key points shared in the book and open the lines to discussion where you can share your thoughts, insights, and what steps you want to take to realize your goals

The Price…
… FREE! 

Yes, you read that right!  I’m committed to giving back to my community.  This is my opportunity to offer some content rich events as my gift to you!

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Join me for the second session in this series, and our first bookclub event!

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