“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” - Bruce Lee
Is there danger in saying, “I’m sorry”?
Many people see it as a sign of weakness and refuse to say “I’m sorry” to anyone for anything. We teach our children how to apologize. We tell them, it is not okay to say SORRY with an attitude. We see those same untaught children grow into adults to confess before men with the words, “If I’ve done anything to offend you I’m sorry.”
We can strive for perfection, but even at our best, we will make mistakes that may hurt others to the core. This is why we must make every effort to be cautious of what we say and do. There is never a time when we can be careless with our words or actions.
As leaders, we must first start teaching our children the importance of admitting wrong and moving on. Children should be taught to be penitent. It may not mean much right now but it will make a big difference for a child when they are older.
There was only one person to walk this Earth perfect, so there is no reason for anyone to think or act like they have it all together.
Being a leader is teaching by example, which is why we must have a repentant heart when we are wrong. Here are some important tips when it comes to admitting your wrong and moving on:
- Eye contact
- Call the person by name
- Tell the person why you are sorry for whatever you did wrong
- Learn from your mistake
- Then move on
You want to give eye to show the person you are sincere about admitting your wrong. Calling the person by their name will make it personal. Explaining what you are sorry for shows the person you genuinely know what you have done. It is so important after you have made a mistake to learn from it. The learning piece allows you to grow. Once you have done these four things, you have to move on. The most important part of admitting your wrong is to free you of any guilt so you can carry on with your life.
Relationships are very important in life whether it is a family member, friend, or a co-worker. There is a simple motto that I live by, “Admit your wrong and move on.” Don’t risk not having a person in your life because you did not simply admit your wrong.