Today is Mulligan Day. A mulligan is a second chance to do something that typically has gone poorly the first time.
“For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: ‘It might have been!’”
from John Greenleaf Whittier’s poem “Maud Muller”
So often in life things don’t go according to plan due to our own actions, someone else, or simply a misalignment in the stars.
What is your typical response when things go wrong?
I often call it a learning experience and try to let any pain, regret or embarrassment go. However I often don’t ask for a second chance, or a mulligan.
Sometimes I want to just move on instead of being vulnerable to things possibly not working out again, having even worse results, or bringing attention to the fact I failed or fell short of expectations.
But what does that show others about me? What do I learn about myself when I am left wondering what might have been?
Asking for a mulligan, although not always appropriate or possible, could demonstrate my resilience, my desire to learn, and potentially make things right depending on the situation.
Today let’s IGNITE OUR SMILES by allowing a mulligan to be our Plan B. Let’s put ourselves out there a bit more today. Let’s stretch towards our goals, towards our best selves, and through our vulnerability knowing that we can ask for a mulligan if things go sideways.