Approaching confrontation intelligently is a much-needed skill in every area of life, and if you’d like to strengthen your game, and prioritize your happiness, this millionaire wisdom is for you, because...
Dealing with confrontation is a challenge many of us prefer to avoid.
It feels easier to sidestep conflict, hoping it will resolve itself or simply disappear.
However, avoidance often compounds the problem, letting it grow and obstruct our path forward.
Here’s one way to think about it…
Imagine you have to walk through a garden every day on your way to work… and one day, you come across a thorny bush on your path.
Walking around it might seem like the best idea, but it doesn't remove the obstacle.
The thorny bush remains, growing larger and more daunting each day.
Facing this thorny bush requires courage to approach it directly because you might get hurt.
That’s why you need the right tools – gloves and pruning shears – and the knowledge of how to use them to trim or remove the bush safely.
While some people might appear to navigate these challenges effortlessly, most of us need to learn and practice these skills.
Here is where you can start:
Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional. -Max Lucado
Remember, just like dealing with a thorny bush in a garden, confrontation requires the right approach and tools.
It's a skill that can be learned and honed with practice.
By facing confrontation courageously and applying effective techniques, you can clear the path to better relationships and smoother journeys ahead.
Confrontation does not only happen between people, it happens within ourselves in our mental conflicts and unsupportive inner dialogues, and also when it’s us against situations.
When we’re at war, regardless of who or what the perceived enemy is, we are not focused on happiness, momentum, or achieving meaningful goals.
That state of mind does not support success, nor does it empower growth.
Rather be prepared to deliberately, strategically, and tactfully manage conflict the moment it inevitably occurs - without brewing over the circumstance and dwelling on the emotions, or lingering in unhappiness and dissatisfaction - with the aim of creating a win-win.
It may take some time to practice this skill until conflict resolution becomes second nature.
But every vital skill and good habit takes time to master, it’s a conscious choice and a mindset.
So consider the value of taking a breath before reacting to a confrontational scenario, and how much more there is to gain by being in the habit of pausing before you respond - this way, you can be happy even during disputes.
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Has your Mind ever wondered…
Most people who are afraid of confrontation have a fear that the opinion of the opposing party will change about them, or that they will come across as ‘nasty’ which is often exactly what they’re not intending to be.
Many people also fear confronting harsh realities about their lives, or the truth about themselves as this means something has to change - and that something is usually the individual.
This is why knowing how to approach conflict gracefully, strategically and purposefully is an invaluable skill in business as well as in life.
When a confrontation is reframed as a healthy necessity, and the intention is to resolve a matter, there is immense growth to be enjoyed.
The short answer is fear, or you can call it stress, and deeper than that, the inability to effectively manage something perceived to be out of one’s control.
This often leads to unhappiness or dissatisfaction, which is a habit nobody deserves to stay in.
Whether it’s a biological stressor such as pain, or side effects from medications or substances…
Or a psychological stressor such as emotional instability or a sense of loneliness or exclusion…
Or if it's a social stressor caused by ineffective communication or boredom or even something as simple to resolve as an environmental stressor such as poor lighting, loud noises, or restrictions…
At the root of every stressor is fear of the inability to move beyond the obstacle that pertains to personal and business situations and relationships.
Here is where it helps to build self-confidence in overcoming such barriers and gaining traction for forward momentum.
Consider what you intend to achieve.
If you’re aiming for progress and a happy resolution, then approach the situation with a sincere desire to peacefully make your requirements, priorities, and ethics known.
Eye contact and tone of voice will betray your true intent, so be tactful, respectful, and confident while conveying exactly what you mean to say in the conversation.
Be prepared to be compassionate and willing to negotiate to achieve a middle ground so a win-win can be possible.
Remember, you create every situation in your life with every choice you make, and if you enter a conflict with the awareness that happiness is a choice too, you can navigate the thorny path and keep your garden of peace and integrity intact.