Why is it so hard for so many people to apologize? Because apologies take courage. You have to admit you’re wrong, put yourself in a vulnerable position, and open yourself up to blame, shame, and embarrassment. However, an apology is absolutely necessary in order to make amends and restore your integrity in somebody else’s eyes.
A sincere apology requires two main parts:
Once you’ve apologized, see how you can repair the damage and then don’t repeat what you’re sorry for. Only by doing that can you earn someone’s forgiveness.
- Show true remorse. If you don’t show true remorse, then you’re just apologizing to look good or manipulate. Without remorse, there is no apology.
- Take responsibility for your actions. It isn’t very good to say, “I’m sorry if you are upset.” Acknowledge that you caused the hurt. Say, “I screwed up, I did the wrong thing, I hurt you, and I am remorseful. I am going to think twice, if not 18 times, to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”
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