Being Wrong – Why It Can Really Be Right: Ignite Change Series
Today I’m going to show you why being wrong can really be right.
I’ll start off with a confession. I have an addiction to being right. I hate being wrong. I avoid it like the plague, but recently I’ve come to the understanding that sometimes being wrong can really be right.
In fact, being wrong can be one of the most significant change agents we will ever encounter. Here’s why. If we don’t know it’s broke, we won’t fix it.
As a culture, we have adopted the idea that each of us can have our own version of truth. What is right for you may not be right for me. This isn’t necessarily bad, but as a consequence it has become unacceptable for you to imply that I may be wrong. What this has created is a society of ‘know it all’s.
I remember sitting in my living room with my wife and daughter when she was about 8 years old. Wendy and I were having a ‘discussion’ about something when my daughter chimed in and said, “You should listen to dad because he knows it all.”
Wendy immediately collapsed in uncontrollable laughter at my 8-year-old daughter labeling me as a ‘know it all’, but then Breanna spoke up again and said, “No, he really does know it all.”
Honestly, at that moment I got a little claustrophobic because my ego grew much larger than the living room where we were sitting. It feels really good to be right.
Unfortunately, our commitment to being wrong will cause us many problems in life. I can’t tell you how many nasty arguments I’ve had with Wendy because I was avoiding being wrong.
When the possibility of being wrong enters the equation, we unlock the door to positive change. — Jeremy Binns (@Jeremy_Binns) July 4, 2012
For most of us, we can look into our past and see a highway littered with broken relationships. Many of these relationships were severed because ‘being wrong’ wasn’t an option for one or both of the parties.
When being wrong isn’t an option, we deadbolt the door to change. The opposite is also true. When the possibility of being wrong enters the equation, we unlock the door to positive change.
If we want to see positive life changes, we must always be willing to look at what might be wrong with our lives. – Jeremy
It’s true for every area of life. You can even see it in technology. I see electric cars nearly every day now. The reason… The possibility of being wrong about natural resource consumption was placed on the table.
If we want to see positive life changes, we must always be willing to look at what might be wrong with our lives. Being wrong doesn’t mean we are bad. In fact, being wrong takes courage and strength on a scale that ‘Mr. I’m Always Right’ will never have.
I can’t help but think of the Apostle Paul. Not only did he pen most of the Bible’s New Testament, but his life has affected change throughout history. All of this started when he entertained the idea that maybe he had been wrong about a man named Jesus.
Is it possible that being wrong could be your first step towards the right future?