How to Succeed through Forgiveness

There’s a lot of power in forgiveness. Think of these:

1. Forgiveness of Yourself – when you make a silly mistake and you do not forgive yourself, you will have a hard time learning from that mistake. If you do not learn how to forgive yourself when you make mistakes, you will not grow. Only when you forgive yourself of any mistake (and maybe laugh at your mistake) can you begin to realize that you can do better – actually, a lot better.


2. Forgiveness at Work – when organizations fail to forgive their leaders’ or their employees’ mistake, organization will no longer innovate. Dr. Fred Kiel of the KRW international and the author of Return on Character discovered that forgiveness is one of the keystone character habits of an effective leader. Being a forgiving leader or a forgiving organization allows others to be creative, thus leading for more innovative thinking and company growth.


3. Forgiveness of your past – The psychological and physical effects of forgiveness of past hurts is one of the simplest ways to achieve better health, scientists claim. In fact,  Fred Luskin, Ph.D., cofounder and director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Project said,  ”Uniformly, people who are taught to forgive become less angry, more hopeful, less anxious, less stressed, and more confident. And learning to let go of minor offenses can make you better at dealing with more serious transgressions.”


So – let go. And let go at your own pace.


4. Forgiveness and Leadership – According to Forbes Magazine, “Forgiveness restores hope and productivity. Not forgiving creates separation. When we judge others, we must also look at ourselves and be honest about what we haven’t been able to forgive in ourselves.  This must occur first to become an effective forgiver. The cost of not forgiving within an organization is significant.   Fear becomes a driving factor, and once we become fearful, you know what happens next. Forgiveness carries with it compassion, humility, and gratitude, which are good things for creating positive outcomes.”


“The man who can’t make a mistake can’t make anything,” said Abraham Lincoln. He made forgiveness a high priority and worked to create a compassionate nation.  Through forgiveness and embracing differences, he healed a nation and helped it move past its mistakes and egregious wrongs.


So if you want to succeed, learn to forgive. The effects of forgiveness is not only significant but meaningful.


Simple Step to Success: Be like Abraham Lincoln. He built a nation from forgiveness. Because of the power of forgiveness, a nation is healed and helped move its people to succeed.