The word sorry tends to be overused in our society, and as women especially, we have been conditioned to be overly apologetic and accommodating. Often times sorry’s aren’t even sincere, as it tends to be reactionary and habitual. Obviously there are times in which “sorry” is the only logical response, but it isn’t necessary for the times we simply end up changing our minds about something, or having to reschedule plans with a friend. Challenge yourself to start replacing “I’m sorry” with “thank you”— it shows that you have acknowledged your role in the situation and whether or not it may have inconvenienced anyone, while expressing appreciation for their willingness to adjust. For example, the next time you may be running late to a meeting, replace “sorry I’m late” with “thank you for waiting on me.” Gratitude is key! It is such a positive and empowering force that will only bring good into your life. Save those sorry’s only for when they’re truly needed!