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Admit When You Are Wrong
“Three words that will transform your relationships…I WAS WRONG. Admit your mistakes. Don’t blame others.”
The goal of any relationship is to not only establish healthy ones but also to maintain them. One of the challenges that we all face at one time or another is when conflict arises within the relationship. Often times this can be due to miscommunication or saying/doing something to the other person that hurts their feelings. When this happens, how often do you admit you were wrong, especially when you know deep down inside you were?
American actor Dan Cortese reminds us in today’s quote that admitting when you are wrong to another person is something that can dramatically change your relationship. Now he doesn’t say how but I’m pretty sure for the better. Now this doesn’t necessarily mean that every time that something goes wrong in one of your relationships that you should always be the one to admit making the mistake because that will not always be the case and more than likely as the saying goes, “it takes two to tango.”
For whatever reason, admitting our own mistakes is often something that is hard for most. I’m not sure if it is pride thing or what. I on the other hand I am on the opposite side of the spectrum on this where I am first to say I was wrong because I cannot stand conflict or if someone is mad at me. I know its something that is unavoidable but all I can say is this is something that I’m working on getting better with. We need to remember, we are human and it is in our nature to make mistakes. So when you are clearly wrong, own up to it. The worst thing you can do is blame others because it will only hurt your relationship more and when someone is being blamed for something they feel like they are being attacked and nobody wants to feel that.
I was wrong. Three small words that can mean so much coming from you when in fact you make a mistake in your relationship with someone and you own up to it. It shows not only a level of maturity but lets the other person know how much you value the relationship with them. So make sure that the next time you slip up in a relationship, own it. Its the right thing to do.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards developing your relationship skills?
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