Love may not solve our problems. But imagine the avoided conflicts and solved problems if we all learned the simple lesson to admit you are wrong and apologize.
I don’t know what it is about human beings, but we do not like to admit we are wrong.
Pride must have been some essential skill required to survive in our primitive past. I don’t know, but for some reason, people have a hard time admitting they are wrong and apologizing.
Can you imagine how different the world would be if our political leaders ever admitted they were wrong?
What if Nixon had said he was a crook and apologized.
Or George Bush Jr. had said he was wrong, there were no weapons of mass destruction.
Or Trump admitted everything out of his mouth has been a lie.
Can you imagine how different your life would be if the important people in your life admitted when they are wrong and apologized?
Admit You Are Wrong and Apologize
Taking responsibility for your mistakes is a powerful thing. It immediately diffuses a tense situation and puts control back in your hands.
And let’s face it. We aren’t always right. We make mistakes. There is no shame in admitting it when we do.
And when you don’t admit to an obvious mistake, you end up looking like a fool.
You Must Follow an Apology with Acton
Admitting you are wrong an apologizing is just the first step. You need to follow your apology with action.
It does no good to apologize and then repeat the same mistake.
You need to be remorseful and work to do better.
Because if you keep repeating the same mistake over and over again, at some point people will no longer be willing to accept your apology.
Read all 50 pieces of advice I shared in honor of my 50th birthday.