Losing something of great value or dealing with someone who conspires against you can elicit an angry response. Unfortunately, anger is a dangerous and destructive emotion that always threatens to leap out of control. It pushes you to make hasty decisions that result in bitterness and guilt.
There are times when anger is appropriate, but most often, it is futile. You will face countless opportunities in life to lose your temper, but making a conscious effort to channel your anger constructively is what incites change. When you feel like you’re ready to explode, remember that losing control will not solve the problem. It only fuels the fire.
Everyone makes mistakes.
How we handle them is what can make or break us.
Some people strongly resist when they are wrong.
Their initial reaction is to respond defensively rather than acknowledging the mistake, apologizing, and doing what they can to make things right.
There is a level of respect warranted for people who openly admit their mistakes and take ownership.
That doesn’t mean the people impacted by the mistake will always be overly gracious, but they can become more accepting over time.
Rather than compound a mistake through defensiveness, take corrective action and identify the lesson behind it.
It can save a lot of undue stress.
What’s your approach to dealing with mistakes?