Being wrong is an uncomfortable feeling. Most people take being wrong personally, because it places them in a vulnerable state. There are many ways people handle being wrong, but if we are focused on becoming a better person, we should see being wrong as an opportunity for growth. Being wrong can be humiliating, but if we live our lives with integrity, it should lead to humility.
There is nothing wrong with being wrong. In fact, being wrong means you made an attempt at something and failed. Whether that attempt was an action or way of thinking, it was still an attempt at something. The problem comes when we need to be right, no matter what, even when we know we are wrong. This usually leads to a character of pride and arrogance rather than humility. Being wrong provides us an opportunity to change and become better. However, we must have a mindset of growth and humility if we are to turn being wrong into something better.
As a father, husband, friend, colleague, and all the other titles that I might hold, I have been wrong on multiple occasions. As a younger, less mature individual, I felt that being wrong meant I had to try harder at being right. This led to arrogance, ignorance, and broken bridges. The older I get, I have learned, and am still learning, that being wrong means I need to humble myself, educate myself more, and admit my errors. Being wrong is an opportunity for learning, growth, and change. It can be humiliating at times, but ultimately it is freeing to acknowledge when I’m wrong and accept my areas of weakness.
Please understand. I don’t always get it right when it comes to admitting when I’m wrong. There are still times that I struggle with becoming arrogant and pushing my “rightness” even when I’m wrong. I am a work in progress, but who I am today is better than who I was before. The goal should always be to become better than who we were yesterday. This takes a willingness to learn and a spirit of humility.
There are many ways in which we might be wrong. We might treat others erroneously, we might believe and speak opinions that are wrong, or we might lead others incorrectly. The circumstances of when we’re wrong doesn’t matter as much as what we do when we are wrong. If the goal is to learn and become better, then we need to humbly acknowledge the error of our ways. Being wrong is a part of being human. However, if we are not careful, we can allow our pride to keep us from becoming better.
Whatever role you might play in your daily life, live it in humility. When you are wrong, admit it, learn from it, and do your best to become better. Don’t forget, being wrong is a part of life. Do not allow pride to take over your life, but rather allow humility to change you and make you a better person. Being wrong is an opportunity for growth. Embrace it and become better than the person you were yesterday.
As always, stay humble and serve well!