64/365 – ” When setting goals, do you give yourself enough margin for error? ”
While taking the train to the Newark airport, I missed my stop, resulting in an unexpected 1h30 minute detour.
Although I caught the error early – just as the doors were closing – I had no choice but to wait 30 minutes until the train stopped again so that I could get out and turn back around.
Very often, there’s a gap between realizing we’ve made a mistake and finding the opportunity to do something about it.
Depending on how error-prone we are, we might want to consider giving ourselves a larger margin for error since a larger margin increases the number of mistakes you can make and still achieve your goal.
In this case, my goal was to make my flight, and despite my small but significant error, I was able to make my flight without a problem.