It can be difficult to admin that you made a mistake. No one really wants to admit to being wrong, but sometimes we are, and it’s important to know how to acknowledge it and own up to what you did. Owning your mistakes can save your relationships with family, friends, and co-workers. It can even be important to admit your mistakes to a complete stranger. While the mistakes we make with strangers are usually small transgressions, that’s not always true, and it’s important to know how to apologize and mean it.
In fact, being sincere and owning up to your mistakes is the first and most important part of saying you’re sorry. If you aren’t sincere, your apology will not have the desired effect: forgiveness and a repairing of the relationship. In fact, being insincere generally damages the relationship even further, sometimes to the point that it can’t be fixed with a sincere apology later.
When you do own up to your mistake, there are several things you can do to show that you really mean it. First, always apologize in person. Don’t do it over the phone, and certainly never use email or text messaging to send an apology unless there is absolutely no other way. Even a phone call is better than email. Doing it in person will show the other person that they are important enough to you that you will take the time out of your day to apologize. Make eye contact when you say you’re sorry, and don’t try to make excuses for your actions. It doesn’t matter why you did what you did (and you may have had perfectly good reasons for your actions), making excuses will make your apology seem much less sincere and make it seem like you’re trying to get out of owning up to what you did.
Owning up to your mistakes can be difficult, especially if you think you were in the right. However, it is an important part of repairing relationships, and if you don’t learn how to do it, you may find that you have few friends.
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