I Was Wrong…
I was wrong. Three words. Very hard for many of us to say. Our pride, ego, whatever you want to call it would rather have us eat our own shoe than admit we were wrong. The human reaction is to be defensive. When we are confronted with a mistake, we first turn to counter attack. We withdrawal, deny and find a way out of the situation. This truth we are faced with smacks us right in the face and we have to deal with it. If we do not confront it, there is a series of chain reaction events that will unfold that are more damaging that the initial mistake in the first place.
Why is it then so many of us fear these three words? Is it pride, ego? These words are freeing, these words command more respect than any that a leader, anyone can use in daily language in my opinion. We all fail – there is the newsflash. We make mistakes, we learn and we grow. Our best ability in life is admitting our mistake immediately, take our lump and be forthright in our accountability to admit to others we have the discipline to be wrong. We earn more respect and trust when we accept the fact that we have not deflected or tried to spin the errors we make to others by assigning the blame or give excuses. It takes maturity, commitment to be a person who leads by this example. As leaders, we should accept more blame and give more credit. It is our duty to lead in this way. We know that no one is perfect. We should understand that each one of us is responsible for our choices and actions. It is why this one principle in life should be a cornerstone, foundation of how we lead others to find their own way of accepting their mistakes as building block of how their gain more knowledge and grow.
Being wrong, makes us right. It makes us accept others. We find that we lose judgment of others and accept that there is a peace to this process. There is fairness and honesty when we admit that we were wrong.