“I was wrong, and I am sorry”.

A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.

John C. Maxwell

As a leader, owning your mistakes is your greatest opportunity to learn and grow.

All of us will have opportunities to admit that we’ve been wrong.

A careless word, a thoughtless action, a missed opportunity, a self-serving act; they just happen.

When we realize we are wrong, how we react will often define our character.  When pride sets in, it can become difficult to admit our mistakes or apologize, and because of this, the most common reaction for many people is to respond angrily or defensively.

When you deliver an apology make sure you are sincere and often requires you explaining what happened and why.  With any mistake, no matter how small, there is a way to prevent it from happening again so be aware it is very empowering.

Practice honesty whenever you are confronted with truth.  You will not only feel more comfortable when people tell you are wrong but you will get better at admitting it and not only that… It is one of the most liberating experiences. You get better not by trying to be better but by being honest. That’s the core of a good heart!

If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.—1 John 1:7-9 NLT


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Julia Mitchell is an online professional networker and a coach. Julia coaches and mentors like minded people to succeed in their chosen field and invites you to join with her.

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