I skip asking forgiveness. I admit I did something wrong. I promise to at least make every effort not to do it again. I ask what I can to make it right and then I do that, whatever it is. I do not believe the words "I’m sorry" mean anything at all because we teach our kids to say it without teaching them the "why."
What is really hard is when you are truly sorry, have made changes and attempted to apologize and it has been denied and all your efforts still end in losing someone dear to you. This is why, it’s so important to never make a terrible mistake, because sometimes, "sorry" just isn't enough.
I apologize and make penance not because I’m seeking forgiveness but because it is the right thing to do. From this consequence will be what I deserve.