When You Make a Huge Mistake

Lance Armstrong has now lost his 7 Tour de France titles and most of his major endorsements. 

And while advertisers argue about getting their money back, Armstrong has not yet publicly admitted that he was using illegal drugs that would have disqualified him from winning.

Armstrong is a cancer survivor and a leader in the commendable Livestrong movement that has positively inspired many others.

Making a huge mistake, or for that matter a little one, in private or in public comes down to this:  you can’t heal and return to a good place until you own the mistake.

Step 1 – Admit the mistake. 

Step 2 – Make up for it in some way.  That’s where the magic happens.

Shame often prevents owning up to life’s mistakes.  And hanging onto to them only postpones the healing.

As Alexander Pope put it:

“No one should be ashamed to admit they are wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that they are wiser today than they were yesterday.”