I need to apologize to someone and I just can’t bring myself around to making the actual apology by saying that I’m sorry. It doesn’t help that I’m being pressured by others to apologize. The walls are closing in. Any advice?
- Nor does an honest apology mean telling the person that you’re “sorry that they feel that way,” or that you’re “sorry that you’ve chosen to take offense,” because, of course, that puts the blame on the other person.
- Saying you’re sorry is only the first step. Next you’ve got to make it alright by rectifying the mistake.
- Don’t procrastinate a moment longer, because bad feelings fester.
- Ask if you can meet in person. When that’s not possible, pick up the phone. Remember that a voicemail, text, or email saying that you’re sorry won’t have the backbone of a one-on-one conversation.
- Make sure that the apology takes places in private.
- No matter how awful you feel, do NOT turn the blame around onto the other person.
- Reiterate with a follow up message. Sending a gift shouldn’t be necessary unless you’ve inadvertently destroyed something irreplaceable.
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