Do the Right Thing
I once had a boss who told me that it's never too late to do the right thing. Oftentimes when we realized that we've made a mistake, our first reaction is to attempt to shift the blame or cover it up. We're usually not that successful and a small mistake grows into a big problem. Our anxiety levels rise and things spiral out of control. Instead of procrastinating, when you realize that you've made a mistake, just fix it.
Putting off doing the right thing for tomorrow is always appealing. Tomorrow, in almost every circumstance, seems better than today. If we're waiting, then we don't have to take action today, or tell anyone about our mistake. Usually, however, change never comes. Tomorrow shows up, and we defer for another day, compounding the problem. Why not now? Why don't you start to immediately correct the error? After all, you're already thinking about it. You get to choose the start line.
We're all human. Whether you've made a mistake at work, with your kids, or with your wife, the best course of action is immediate correction. In fact, admitting when you've made a mistake might win you the admiration of those around you. These days, no one wants to be accountable and everyone is peacocking. This isn't helping anyone. The fact is, no one regrets doing the right thing. No one regrets the relief that comes with admitting your mistake and moving on. Today is the perfect day to make a change.
Mistakes happen, both big and small. Don't let a mistake dominate your life. Admit your fault, take corrective action, and move on.