Ever felt marooned in a pang of guilt and then realized how badly you are apologetic for it?
Did you ever feel tongue-tied when it came down to making amends with the one you loved and hurt the most?
I have heard people voice that if the other person is not apology driven (means he/she doesn’t apologize) the ringer should immediately alert your mind and you should walk away.
An apology should always come from within. Take your time but make sure it doesn’t come out in a contrived way that doesn’t carry any meaning and you just don’t mean it. It is all for the sake of ending the argument.
Do you have any clue how do you apologize to someone whom you hurt or maybe isn’t willing to talk to you?
6 Ways To Express Your Deep Apology
1. Be Responsible For Your Actions
“It is never too late to make things right.” -Unknown
Taking ownership of your actions is a major step one can take in apologizing to someone.
Once you start taking responsibility for your actions and the consequences that have led to them, you will develop that self-respect and will start respecting others too.
Everyone makes mistakes and is a common trait as a human, but that doesn’t mean you cannot take actions to make it right.
Also, it doesn’t mean you who has lacked in behavior. They are many who go through the same or can say almost all. For example, even though now I make a mistake, I try to understand my fault and alter it, by apologizing sincerely!
In the end, it is all about your behavior towards people.
2. Don’t Think It As A Small Deal
If you are willing to express a deep apology to your loved one, remember you will first have to feel how the other one is feeling. Maybe that mistake isn’t a big deal for you, but it can be for the other.
So do not ever make a mockery of gala or take it lightly. Understand the situation, make it crystal clear in your head where and how did you go wrong. Once this is done, I am sure the apology will become convenient.
3. Don’t Think It As An Immediate Fix
“Proper apologies have three parts: 1) what I did was wrong. 2) I feel bad that I hurt you. 3) How do I make this better?” – Randy Pausch
Apologizing to the one who you hurt can be a little daunting and painful. Common you have hurt them! It takes time to fix things, especially because they never expected you to be the one to cause that heavy stormed pain to them.
So give them the time and space, do not expect things instantly fixed after an apology. You know day by day this gets better as we humans start to analyze ourselves and understand the sensitivity of every situation.
We realize where a person can be hurt deeply. This helps us understand where a person can be triggered emotionally and when is the time to stop talking or taking a certain action.
4. Be Present Emotionally
Emotions can take a stronghold on people. Especially when you hurt someone remembers even though you have apologized to them and they asked for space, try to be emotionally present for them.
This is the time where maximum healing is needed, and when a loved one has been shattered by your act, it should be you supporting them as a pillar.
At this point, the emotional intensity reaches its peaks but will give you a chance to refurbish the trust you might have slightly knotted up with your rough act of causing pain.
5. Words and Actions Go Hand In Hand
Imagine hurting a loved one and you want to apologize with all your sincere self, how will you do it?
You know when agony has it a loved one by a loved one it is even more painful than death!
To apologize to your loved one you need to be sincere with your apology. When it is about apology I don’t only mean sending materialistic gifts (flowers, chocolates, cards, etc…).
Learn to speak the right words along with the big gesture. It acts as a plus and the output comes out even better and the person can heal faster.
Do not ever plan to substitute either of them with the other. Things in unison can do wonders.
“A sincere and warmly-expressed apology can produce the same effects as morphine on a suffering soul.”― Richelle E. Goodrich
6. Show That You Are Genuinely SORRY
When one makes a mistake, to apologize for the same can be nerve-racking. Not only apologizing sincerely but showing and proving it can be scary as well.
If you are genuinely willing to make up for your mistake try to find out ways to show the other that you will not do it again. For example: If you have said some words that cannot be undone and taken back, make them believe by your actions like improving on it (although this may take a little time).
There are some instances like you broke something, so you could probably replace it. Expressing and knowing how to remorse can help you get the apology approved a little faster.
If you slammed out on them unreasonably try to tell them that you will work on your anger, and start doing the same from that very day.
“The little things can help you fix even a massive situation”
They Say That Apologies Are Simple If You Know What To Say!
A small conflict can lead to big distress to you and your partner’s mental health. It can easily take a toll on it. You have an ace in any relationship when you know how to apologize to your loved one sincerely.
An abrupt apology can be a downfall for your bond. Always look forward to giving an effective apology as it makes things easier to handle and comforts the other, leading them to forgive you.
“An apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift.” – Margaret Lee Runbeck
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