Being wrong or making mistakes is a natural part of the learning process for human beings. We have to recognize that we are not always right and sometimes always being right can be wrong. It is through recognizing and correcting errors that we can expand our knowledge and improve our understanding.
While being right or accurate in our understanding and beliefs is generally seen as desirable, there are situations where always being right can be problematic or even detrimental. Here are some classic reasons why you might feel like you can never be wrong and how to master your mindset.
You’re being a terrible listener
Being a terrible listener can have negative consequences for both individuals and relationships. You always rush people through explanations or even disrespect conversation by trying to take on two or three things at once. Listen attentively. You may find you’re not always right—at least not when it comes to the minutia. Being a better listener won’t just make you a better colleague, either. It’ll also boost your expertise.
You aren’t pushing the boundaries enough.
The “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality destroys the potential to innovate and improve. It will also make your work product stagnate. Thinking you are always right because you always repeatedly check off the checklists. However, that’s not good for your personal development and of your team’s productivity.
You need to consider new perspectives.
Research shows that if you aren’t considering new perspectives and asking for feedback and ideas, you’re hampering your own great work. Make it a point to keep an open mind when you’re in a collaborative situation, instead of judging others and asserting yourself as the expert.
You don’t stop to acknowledge others.
The worst know-it-all pitfall you can fall prey to. If you don’t stop to say thank you to others, you’re not only rude, but you’re also undermining productivity, happiness, cooperation, and innovation on your team. Stop and look around. Whether they contribute ideas, stay late to help out, or even just provide great lunches to fuel the team, people are always lending a helping hand. Appreciate them. Be sincere and timely and honest. There’s no better way to build relationships, trust, and teamwork. Plus, it’s the best way to motivate and inspire people to do great work.
Thinking that we are always right or we know everything is dangerous. This can also limit your personal growth, hinder learning, and strain relationships. We have to recognize that we are fallible. Apply the simple fixes we have enumerated above to change our mindset. We have to realize that to be successful, one thing we need to know is that none of us know everything.
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