How do you handle making mistakes? Coach Katie Collins shares her thoughts.

Making Mistakes…and Learning to Laugh About It

I (Katie) was 7 years old, and had one of the most important roles in our Christmas production… to hold the candle steady in my hands, and keep it lit. Myself and a boy a year younger than me were tasked to shine the light in the otherwise pitch-dark room, and all of a sudden, I had a fit of the giggles.

My joyous, inappropriately timed laughter went “poof” in a quick push of air that extinguished my one and only candle.

burning candles

It wasn’t the end of the world, the other child kept his candle burning…

But I was devastated. 😱

I had made a mistake and to think that I’m still talking about it, almost 40 years later, lets you know the imprint that this mistake made.

A tendency to always strive for perfection, I often let myself down.

How to Deal with Making Business Mistakes?

It wasn’t until I went into business for myself that I had to learn that mistakes were okay, and actually, rather necessary.

As they told me when I learned how to snowboard 🏂 — if you’re not falling, you’re not trying hard enough.

Now, not only am I willing to be goofy and make mistakes… I can finally laugh at them too.

May these “oopsies” make you giggle, too.  🤣

🤦‍♀️  I had baked surprise cookies for friends/teammates who were working at a live event… but I shipped them to the wrong hotel!

🤦‍♀️ An email automation series I had set up wasn’t turned on, so when people opted in for a free gift, the wrong gift was delivered to about 70 people. Whoops!

🤦‍♀️ I applied lipstick right before going Live, and when I smiled to say hello — LIVE — I realized I had lipstick smeared across my front teeth.

Making Mistakes Makes Me Smile

These days, what gets me smiling is the fact that I’m making mistakes more frequently because I’m willing to take messy action now.

I’m not waiting for things to be perfect anymore — because things usually aren’t ever perfect, and I’ve missed a lot of opportunities because of that.

So here’s 🥂  to messy action, done-is-better-than-perfect action…and the ability to say “oops” with laughter instead of “I’m so stupid” when I make a mistake.

Are you with me!?

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Sales Superhero

Katie Collins is a sales-boosting, client-generating business coach who helps you get over your fear of sales and visibility so you can finally make the impact, and the income, of your dreams.

As The Launch Squad’s Sales Superhero, Katie teaches you how to have successful sales conversations (without being pushy), get clear on your message, craft your offer, and structure your program content, including your launch strategy, with an offer that really sells.

Katie creates a safe, nurturing space for you to explore your limiting beliefs and transform your fears. She’s trained in the Art of Feminine Presence and will lovingly push you outside your comfort zone in a way that makes you wonder why you ever wanted to stay there in the first place.

She’s often hired by 7-figure coaching companies to serve as a lead on their sales teams during launches, and has brought in over $4.5 million in coaching program sales.

With personality quiz results like enneagram 1, ESTJ, and The Connoisseur, she’s the very definition of a Boss. So if you’re brave enough, let her boss you into some stellar sales and the life you’ve been dreaming of.

When Katie’s not helping you achieve your sales goals, you can find her barefoot in Barbados or snowboarding in her home state of Colorado.