Admitting When We Are Wrong

Don’t be afraid to admit when you’re wrong or have made a mistake. It is a difficult thing to do sometimes and can put a dent in your pride, but in the end it only strengthens your character and integrity. Usually this first requires the acceptance that it is even possible that you could be wrong, which is where many people get hung up.

Admitting wrongdoing also helps you make less mistakes in the future when you can acknowledge the ones you’ve made and be able to learn from them. I’ve made huge, life-changing mistakes, and owning up to them was the only way to truly get past them. I have also been able to learn more about myself and others as a result. This learning and growth is a continual process.

It has helped me develop a sense of humility that I didn’t have when I thought I knew everything. There was a time when I believed that I was part of some elite few that looked down on the rest of society with disdain and pity. This was the most arrogant and self-serving time of my life, of which I am truly ashamed of.

When I finally wised up, it took all the courage I could muster up to be able to proclaim my sincerest apologies for being so ill-informed about life and try to make up for the things I had done. The hardest part was first simply acknowledging that I was wrong and made a mistake.

What sort of mistakes are you able to admit? How have you learned from them? How have these experiences helped shape your life into something more positive since then?