Do you think that saying you’re sorry makes you appear weak? If so, you’d be wrong.
In that moment, no doubt you’re vulnerable. You’ve surrendered yourself to another, admitting you’re flawed and that somehow that harmed them. And, mostly importantly, you’ve revealed that you feel bad and will endeavor for it to never happen again.
The curious thing about this vulnerability, however, is that it ultimately elevates you in the eyes of others. Think about it. This act of contrition – facing a client, friend or employee and saying, “I am truly sorry” – is not an easy thing to do. It takes tremendous courage. And this courage will earn you a heightened level of respect in the eyes of others. In short, this will bolster how people come to know, like and trust you.
So never be afraid to say, “I apologize.” This statement is more aligned with demonstrating your strength and self-confidence than exposing any sort of weaknesses.
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