On The Bright Side: Fess up when you’re wrong

If you are anything like me, you might have an opinion on just about everything. With that being said I’ve learned that not everyone shares the same views as me. I understand and respect that.

I also realize that sometimes I’m wrong. Being wrong is something I feel everyone struggles with. Some people accept they are wrong much easier than others. There is nothing wrong about being wrong. It’s only wrong if you continue to be arrogant about it, even after you know you’ve made a mistake.

Most people get uncomfortable or even feel threatened when they come to the realization that they aren’t right. When people realize this, they try to find the fastest way out of the situation. We usually want to stick to our guns and say that we’re correct. But how can we be better at accepting when we are wrong? What are the benefits to verbally admitting when we make a mistake?

There are so many different reasons why we should admit when we are wrong, even if it’s a tough pill to swallow. I know how hard it is to admit mistakes, whether it be in a conversation with a friend or arguing a point in a paper.

There are endless times when you can be wrong. First, we have to accept the truth ourselves. This might be the hardest part. You can be aware of it, but accepting it is another story. Take a step back from the situation and realize where you went wrong. Once you realize that you need to accept that you are mistaken.

Once you accept it, don’t be rude about your mistake. Approaching it with confidence and understanding makes you a better person.

To clarify, that doesn’t mean you are better than the person you are arguing with. It just means you are making yourself a better person by practicing these positive attributes. When admitting wrongfulness,  just be clear about where you went wrong. This will keep you accurate on what you’re admitting to.  From there, you can either explain why you made the mistake or simply leave it at that.

Above all, keep a good attitude when you’re wrong. We all have to learn from our mistakes. Instead of being rude and sour about it, build yourself from the situation. By admitting when your wrong you practice better leadership traits. It speaks to your character when  you admit mistakes, but being able to do so in a kind way speaks volumes.

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