“I am sorry.”
It has recently come to my attention that I say these three words WAY too much.
It seems as though I have taken the phrases “Excuse Me,” “Pardon Me,” and “Sorry” and rolled them all into one. I have developed a reflexive “I am sorry” and I use it way too often.
I am not the only one.
Studies show that women apologize more than men. Not necessarily because men don’t apologize, but because women tend to apologize for more “offenses”; many that don’t necessitate an apology.
Some of you might think, “What’s wrong with apologizing?”
Nothing, unless you say it too much.
When you apologize for everything, it takes the sincerity out of your words when you mean it for real. It makes you seem weak, especially in a work or professional setting. It opens you up to feeling guilty for just about everything that you do in your life.
Over-apologizing is about seeking approval and hoping to be liked.
It’s okay if people don’t like you, or like every decision that you make. My hope is that you are living for you, not for them.
So, here is my new pact:
Here are some examples of what it might sound like:
It's Your Life. Live It Boldly.