Starting Over is Not Always Bad

We’ve all had an occasion where we realized what we were doing was not going to work and had to start over. While frustrating, starting over is not always bad and can actually be a good thing. The key is to get over the frustration quickly and don’t carry it over as baggage in a new attempt.

It’s Real Life

If you’ve ever lost a job, whether by layoff or being fired or a company closing, then you’ve been forced to start over. It may seem like you’re starting from scratch with a job search but think about whether that is true. What skills and special knowledge did you acquire at your last and any previous jobs? Even more importantly, what relationships have you made that will be a help going forward and how can you also help others? When you evaluate those things it is easy to see that you are not really starting all over. Yet, real life often throws us unexpected curves that can weigh us down if we allow it. The reality is that the business world is full of similar things. Take these examples:

  • A company’s new product is not well received
  • The new computer system is not working as hoped
  • The reorganization and cost cutting have not helped much

Of course, these are just a few examples, but if you were to stop and think about your business life over the past few years I’m convinced you could identify numerous things that did not work as planned and required a reboot so to speak.

A Time to Get Better

Even when we find that something we are trying in our business is not working as well as hoped, that does not render the effort meaningless. In line with the old saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”, there are invariably things that we can utilize in our new effort. For example, I recall a time when a company where I was consulting made an error in how they implemented a new manufacturing and accounting software package. When the error was discovered there was an element of humor to it, even though it required a number of actions to correct. This was truly as case where starting over is not always bad was really true. Why do I say that? Quite simply it gave them an opportunity to think about how they had implemented the new system and then realized that, no matter how good the software, if they did not include training of users as an integral part of the process then problems were going to arise. Frankly, when I considered the way the group responsible for the conversion operated I was not really surprised. Their focus seemed to be on getting the conversion done, getting paid, and getting out of there. They never gave any indication they were interested in making sure employees actually knew how to use the system.

Build on the Past

If you follow sports at all then you know that sometimes a team or particular athlete is failing miserably, only to later seemingly turn everything around. They look like different people, but they’re not. What they have done is make changes to how they are doing things without throwing everything out. For them starting over is not always bad because their training has made them aware that they are not really starting completely over. They often are merely fine-tuning what they have been doing, although to the casual observer it looks like they are doing everything different.

So, remember that starting over can be a good thing and keep it in perspective rather that paint a doomsday scenario that only makes it harder to get moving on correcting things.

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