Last year we had Brian Tracy as a speaker at our annual NJ TAB Prosperity Series. My TAB facilitator colleagues and I were treated to an intimate dinner with Brian the evening before and he shared some thoughts with us. The following insight has not only minimized standoffs with my husband, but allowed me to make more strategic decisions for my business, and help my customers see when they are holding on to a decision for the wrong reasons.
It all started with one simple phrase: "I could be wrong, I often am." Brian actually had us all practice saying it out loud a few times. His point was that it is human nature to hold on to past decisions too long. The more comfortable we get with a mindset of "I could have been wrong about that" the more we will see better options for the future. Too much energy and resources are wasted in our lives and in our businesses holding on to past decisions and being right. To be agile, we need to let go...and be always open for better ways of doing things.
"I could be wrong, I sometimes am" is a phrase that is heard often around our house now, even a year after hearing Mr. Tracy. When either my husband or I use, it brings a smile to our faces, and a reminder to be open, and not so certain that we always have it right.