Consider the proverb, “By fighting you never get enough, but by yielding you get more than you expected.” When you are accused of making a mistake that you did make, you can fight the allegation, and you might win, but you also might lose.
Instead, if you own up to your wrongs before the other person has a chance to accuse you, you appeal to the other person’s ego. By “condemning” yourself and admitting to your mistake, the only way for the other person to nourish his self-esteem is to take the high road and forgive you.
Admit to your mistakes promptly.
It’s easier to deny our mistakes and try to get away with it, but admitting to them will reap more benefits.