The power of ‘Admitting our mistakes’
Your eagerness to criticize yourself takes all the fight out of the person standing against you.
When you know that you are going to be rebuked anyhow, isn’t it far better to beat the other person to it and do it yourselves.
It is much easier to listen to self-criticism than to bear condemnation from other lips.
Say about yourself all the derogatory things you know the other person is thinking or wants to say or intends to say- and say them before that person has the chance to say them. The chances are a hundred to one that a generous, forgiving attitude will be taken and your mistakes will be minimized.
Any fool can try to defend their mistakes- and most fools do- but it raises one above the herd and gives one a feeling of nobility and exultation to admit one’s mistakes.
When we are right, let us try to win people gently and tactfully to our way of thinking, and when we are wrong- and that will be surprisingly often, if we are honest with ourselves- let us admit our mistakes quickly and with enthusiasm.
By fighting you never get enough, but by yielding you get more than you expected.
By Dale carnegie