Have You Messed Up?

Communication-Speaker-Colette-CarlsonRarely will you find me reading the sports section of any paper, but a bolded quote from Ultimate Fighting Championship star Jon Jones caught my eye in USA Today Sports last week.

After testing positive for cocaine, Jones said, “What I will say is that I messed up. It wasn’t a mistake; I can’t call it a mistake, necessarily because I consciously did it.”

As someone who relishes truth telling, I appreciate Jones’ comment. Even though the dictionary defines a mistake as an action or judgment that is misguided or wrong, I like his thinking that a mistake is something more unconscious and accidental such as calling someone by the wrong name or turning off the wrong freeway exit.

After all, if you know the exit you’re choosing only leads to trouble and you still keep going, you’re messing up. And, we’ve all messed up at different points in our lives. Well, I have. The key to turning it around and getting back on path begins with taking an honest inventory of your life and speaking your truth.

Sounds like Jones took a step towards acting like a true champion.



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  1. I am impressed (in a weird sort of way) with this guy also. Sounds like that he absolutely takes 100% responsibility for the choice he made. The big question of course (in my mind) is, what does he actually do going forth? Hopefully he not only takes responsibility for what he DID do, but he makes consistent and wise choices moving forward.

  2. I agree, Colette. I think that people in our society are more forgiving than we give them credit for. And there are so many times that someone in power does something wrong and refuses to admit it, when if all they had done was to say, "I messed up" then America usually  moves on.  It's when people don't take personal responsbility for their actions and behaviors that the trouble multiplies.

  3. This reminds me of the Hugh Grant interview with Jay Leno after he was caught with a hooker. "What the hell were you thinking?" Hugh copped to his mistake, owned up to it and his career was none the worse for it.  More people like the athlete in your blog could do the same!

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