Mental mistakes are those mistakes that are not a result of a lack of training or experience. They are mistakes that we know better than to allow and they happen for a number of reasons. We can get caught up in assuming why those mistakes are happening. This undisciplined practice can undermine the dynamic of a team by creating labels and narratives that are not effective in addressing the real cause of the mental mistake. It’s easy to label someone who is making mental mistakes as lazy or careless. It’s possible that person may instead be overwhelmed with the workload we require of them. Whose fault is that? Anxiety can cause a mental mistake because the physical response to stress can become a distraction which leads to something that shouldn’t happen. Unchecked emotion can cause someone to do something that is outside their character or normal practice. All of these reasons can override a person’s training, experience and practice in the moment.