I recently read an article by DailyOM on February 2, 2021 that I knew right away I wanted to share with you as soon as I read it.
Knowing how to best manage conflict at work or home can be the difference between creating a wedge between you and your co-workers or loved ones or an opportunity to deepen and evolve your relationships.
These golden nuggets include practical advice you can implement immediately to navigate conflict with more grace and achieve more constructive outcomes.
Conflict is an inevitable part of our lives because our beliefs often contrast with our loved ones, friends, and colleagues. However, for all the difficulty arguments can cause, we can learn a lot from them.
How we handle ourselves when confronted with anger or argument demonstrates our overall level of patience.
Judgment & Blame
No matter how frustrating the dispute, we should address that person with an open heart and compassion to resolve conflict. Judgments and blame must be put aside and replaced with respect.
Conflict is often caused by unspoken needs that are masked by confrontational emotions or hostile behavior. When we approach conflict with love and acceptance, we empower ourselves to discover a means to achieving a common resolution.
Resolving conflict is a gift
The answer to finding the enlightenment hidden in conflict is to ask yourself what is behind your disagreement with a particular person or situation. Your inner self or the universe may be trying to point you to a specific life lesson, so try to keep your ears and eyes open.
Once you have explored your disagreement's internal and external roots, make an intentional effort to let go of any anger or resentment you feel. As you do so, the energy between you and whoever you disagree with will change, even if they are still working from a more limited energy state.
Consider that each of you likely has compelling reasons for thinking and feeling as you do, and accept that you have no power to change their mind. This can help you address your disagreement rationally, with a steady voice and a willingness to compromise.
If you listen thoughtfully and with an empathetic ear during the conflict, you can transform clashes into opportunities to compromise.
Examine your thoughts
Scrutinize your thoughts and feelings. You may discover stubbornness within yourself that is causing resistance or unwittingly feeding yourself negative messages about your adversary.
As your part in disagreements becomes gradually more clear, each new conflict becomes another chance further to hone your empathy, compassion, and tolerance.
Bringing it all together
I'm grateful to have run into this article and to share these golden nuggets with you.
Every time you have the opportunity to experience conflict, don't shy away. As you open yourself up to explore what is possible beyond that conflict, you'll deepen the relationship with the other person, and most importantly, get to know yourself on a whole new level.
As leaders, mastering resolving and managing differences among employees, stakeholders will pay dividends in your career. It will help you expand your influence and impact while generating well-being in the workplace--everyone wins!
Here's to your success!
With love and appreciation,
Coach Ginny 💕
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