Today we will be talking about the fourth challenge that Jim Rohn gave us.
Admit Your Mistakes
Sometimes you have to admit them to others. Parents have to do it. We ask our kids to do it. We have to do it. Here is one of the best phrases in the English language: “I’m sorry.” The reason those are good words is because they could start a whole new relationship. It could start two people going in a whole new direction. Simple, not easy. You get this done, the turnaround can be dramatic. The early years can be big in payoff. Here’s the big one. Admit your mistakes to yourself. You don’t have to babble about them to everyone in the neighborhood. But it doesn’t hurt to sit down and have a conversation with yourself and say, “There’s no use kidding myself. Here’s where I really am. I’ve got pennies in my pocket and I’ve got nothing in the bank.” That’s what I said after a Girl Scout left my door. I had a conversation with myself and I said, “I don’t want this to happen anymore.”
Two of the hardest words in the English language are “I’m sorry.” We don’t like to be wrong. When we are wrong, we don’t like to admit it to others. It take humility to own up to you mistakes, to tell someone that you were wrong and that you are sorry.
While this can be a very hard thing to do, the transparency we show when we do it can really open up our relationships with others. We live in a society that is very willing to forgive people if they openly admit they were wrong and say a heartfelt “I’m sorry.”
If you ever find yourself married, these two words will be very important in making your marriage run much smoother. Remember, if your spouse isn’t happy, you won’t be happy.
The first step is to admit the mistake to yourself. You might be aware that you were not right, but really take the time to tell yourself that you made a mistake. It is OK to make mistakes. Just use it as an opportunity to improve yourself.
Once you have admitted the mistake to yourself, the next step is to admit the mistake to anyone that your mistake might have affected and follow it with a sincere “I’m sorry.” You may be surprised at how accepting they really are about the whole thing.
I would like to challenge each of you to be willing to admit when you make mistakes and then be willing to make things right with those that you affected through your mistake. The growth that can be experienced through this process can be huge!