Kaizen Wealth Life Transformation

  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
Home Personal Development Top 5 Ways To Apologize

Top 5 Ways To Apologize

Apologizing isn’t an easy thing to do. If you’ve never been taught how to apologize, it makes the task even harder. Sometimes simply saying, “I’m sorry” doesn’t adequately communicate your regret for having done something that was hurtful.

When you’ve done something you shouldn’t, here are the top 5 ways to apologize:
 
1.    Express regret by saying: “I’m sorry for...” Be specific in expressing yourself. What are you sorry for? This isn’t merely a way to say you’re sorry that you got caught, but rather that you’re sorry you hurt another person.
  • Perhaps your intent wasn’t even to hurt someone, but it happened anyway, and expressing your regret can ease the hurt.
2.    Accept responsibility by saying: “I was wrong.” It’s important to accept responsibility for what you’ve done. If you can’t take responsibility, it will be hard for people to forgive you.
  • Don’t try to shove the blame off on someone else; admit that you’re the guilty party and tell the person what you did was wrong.
3.    Make amends by asking: “What can I do to fix this?” After you’ve expressed regret and accepted responsibility, it’s important that you do what you can to make amends.
  • If you want to re-establish trust with the person you’ve hurt, making restitution is vital.
4.    Express genuine repentance by promising: “I’ll do my best to never do this again.” You may regret having done what you did, and that’s good. However, it’s crucial that you don’t repeat the offense again in the future.
  • The old saying goes, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” It’s harder to forgive someone who’s done the same thing for a second time.
5.    Request forgiveness by asking: “Will you please forgive me?” Be sure to ask the person you’ve offended to forgive you.
  • Neither of you will be able to let this go, put it in the past, and move forward if there isn’t true forgiveness on the one part and true repentance on the other.
If you follow these steps, does that mean the person you’ve hurt will always forgive you? There’s no guarantee, and depending on what caused the pain, it may take them a little while to get to the point of forgiveness.
 
However, your chances of forgiveness when you give a sincere apology are much greater than if you merely gloss over it with a curt “I’m sorry.”
 
Part of the reason your apology may not be accepted is because of the way it’s given. If you tell them, “I didn’t mean to hurt you, but...” it’s a pretty good bet they’re thinking the apology may not have been heart-felt. There’s no wonder they may not be so quick to forgive you.
 
When your apology isn’t sincere, there may be forgiveness, but that doesn’t mean the relationship has been restored the way you hoped it would be.
 
What if you don’t feel like what you’ve done requires an apology? Why should you offer one if what you did wasn’t wrong? Well, if a person perceives it as being wrong, you may still want to offer a sincere apology for how they’re feeling.
  • This will help you reconnect with someone who’s important to you and strengthen the trust between you, which is always a good thing for your relationship.
Learning these top 5 ways to apologize will give you an important skill you can use to improve your relationships. Use them sincerely and enjoy the benefits!
 
Please share your wealth insights with us on the article by adding your comment at the bottom.


If you like this article, please click on the `Digg` image below. I'd appreciate it!

Comments

B
i
u
Quote
Code
List
List item
URL
Name *
Email (For verification & Replies)
Code   
Submit Comment
 

Follow Me

 FB twitter


Personal Development Articles


Testimonial

Emil Jansen
The changes I have experienced over the past 49 days were commitment, unconditional love and acceptance, awareness of a Spiritual force within me, overcoming inherent fears, not making assumptions, to work with Read more...
Leon Scott
I am a spirit with a body. This to me was an important new paradigm. For the issue of a mindset is addressed directly when one think of yourself in this manner. This Kaizen challenge addressed the question of a new mindset in a very Read more...
Charles Mckenzie
My established thoughts have been challenged to look at other possibilities in a way that at times provoked conflict but at the same time it was thoroughly enlightening. Each day’s lesson was eagerly read and thought over with the application of small goals which in itself was a change of the usual habit following routine. Although not a religious course, a challenge to my thinking of religious matters came about many times and I think a whole lot of understanding and simplification... Read more...
Teresa Pretorius
I have broken the aspects of my life into 4 phases. The Kaizen Challenge fitting neatly into the middle, has proven to be somewhat of a life saver for me.  All that this challenge represents and teaches has unfolded simplistically Read more...
Chiquita Van Rooyen
I do not know how to start this letter other than: WOW! WOW! WOW! This challenge has taught me things about myself that I never knew existed. I am still a bit star struck and in total awe of what this means to me. My journey started more than a year ago when I Read more...