I don’t know about you, but making an apology for something I’ve said or done is one of the hardest things I ever have to do. That is, until I’ve actually
When you’ve said or done something wrong, use an apology to bridge the break in your relationship.
made it. Then, looking at my apology in the rearview mirror, the first thing I notice is that it wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it was going to be.
You’ve been wronged and you know it. But the person who wronged you hasn’t said, “I’m sorry.” How do you ask for the apology you deserve?
I’m all for directly stating what you need and what you want in a relationship. When you’ve been hurt and you need to ask for the apology you deserve, you won’t get it by saying, “You need to apologize to me.”
What will get you the apology you deserve is to ask to talk about what happened and how you feel. Continue reading
Life involves a series of rules, according to the character Leroy Jethro Gibbs in the long-running TV show, NCIS.
It’s harder to admit a mistake than to deny you made it. So why would anyone say that making an apology is a sign of weakness?
One of those rules is Rule #6, “Never apologize, it’s a sign of weakness.”
Gibbs got it wrong.
It’s harder to admit a mistake than to deny you made it. So which action is the sign of weakness?
It’s not a sign of weakness to apologize. It’s a sign of strength. But that’s not the real reason why you must apologize.