I know it’s not always easy to get along with your boss and I know that bosses are not perfect. But I also know that you will do yourself a great favor to avoid making mistakes.

Small things matter, and good manners is another small thing that can make a difference in how your boss sees you. The simple everyday manners of helping others, letting others go first, thanking people, showing kindness to others—those little things create an impression. Failing to pay attention to them can cause self-inflicted harm to you. This verse sums it up perfectly: For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man (2 Corinthians 8:21).

I’ve given you seven mistakes to avoid, but since we all make mistakes, here’s what to do when you have made a mistake:

  • Acknowledge the mistake.
  • Take responsibility and offer to fix the problem if it’s one you can fix. That may be something as simple as a sincere apology, but your willingness to take the responsibility will go down very well with your manager.
  • Move on and do the best possible work you can, avoiding the mistake in the future. Don’t wallow in guilt; put it behind you and learn from the experience.
  • Don’t let the mistake shake your confidence so that you lose your ability to do your work.

Remember, everyone makes mistakes at one time or another. Don’t hide behind your mistakes, but don’t hide under your desk either. Show your boss it was a fluke and that will never happen again. Then, make it a matter of prayer. If you are a Christ-follower, you have power through prayer and God’s Spirit to put mistakes behind you and move forward.

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