We are nearly there folks. Here is #6 – and the most uncomfortable phrase I can think of using. It is difficult for me to, a) be wrong and b) actually admit it. But I do it, and so can you!

I Was Wrong

“Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.” – Peter McIntyre

Of all the phrases I have the most trouble with “I was wrong” pretty much tops the list. It can be so darned hard to admit I am wrong about something! Perhaps it is the perfectionist in me. I hate to think of not being right. Pair it with the double whammy of “I’m sorry, I was wrong” and it sometimes actually hurts to say the words out loud.

Yet to admit that you were wrong takes courage. It takes a level of maturity and a confidence from within to say, “I was wrong.”

For many it seems to be a point of shame – it as if you are admitting to being a failure. It is humbling, but it also shows a depth of character that others will eventually envy you for. Yet saying those three awkward, difficult words helps move the process of learning and recovery forward with a large leap. Benjamin Disraeli, a former British prime minister and novelist once said, “One of the hardest things in this world is to admit you are wrong. And nothing is more helpful in resolving a situation than its frank admission.”

Say the words and then stand tall. Be proud of yourself for admitting that you don’t know everything and that you aren’t always right. It is a big first step towards becoming a stronger, well-grounded person who is approachable and willing to learn new things each day.

Exercise: Practice the Six Phrases

It’s time to buck up and try these out in your own life. Over the next few weeks try out each of the six phrases. Some may come easier than others or be phrases you already use. Challenge yourself to say them in an honest and forthright manner. Just to review, those phrases were:

I Don’t Know

I Need Help

I Don’t Understand

I’m Afraid

I’m Sorry

I Was Wrong

If you have been keeping a journal, log your thoughts on the following questions:

How did you feel when you said them?

How did others react to your speaking them out loud?