Face Your Fear Of Confrontation
Conflicts suck! Most people fear confrontation because they’ve had sour experiences in the past, when confrontations have turned into outright battles. But, believe it or not, confrontation is a skill set!
Mean people, nice people, rude people – they’re ALL people and it all boils down to THEIR needs, values and motivations. Understanding what motivates someone can help you avoid or stop conflict…dead in its tracks!
One of the largest obstacles people face in the job market is dealing with other people. Whether it’s your coworkers or, even worse, your boss, you can’t avoid the fact different personalities clash and conflicts will arise. But sometimes it just seems like someone (or everyone!) is out to get you. You know what I mean… those people who speak and nothing comes out of their mouths, except negativity, gossip or rudeness.
The quickest, easiest way to deal with other people in the workplace is to adjust how you react to them. There are a million excuses for why people act the way they do, but whatever it is, the reason is usually NOT you.
What has conflict ever done for you? Chances are it stressed you out, stolen your time and damaged your work environment. Positives? Few, if any. So, here are three ways to solve issues quickly or just steer clear of them completely:
Especially with this last one, you need to realize, sometimes you frustrate the people around you – without even realizing it! And vice versa! It all has to do with our needs, values and motivations. If you figure out theirs, you can help steer away from or apologize immediately, for things you know frustrate them.
Mean people, nice people, rude people – they’re ALL people! And because they ARE people, they deserve your honor and respect. Chances are, a mean person’s bark is probably a lot worse than their bite, so do your part not to take offense and not let these insignificant encounters alter your actions and emotions.
What you focus on, you will get good at. If you waste your day with conflicts – and the stress it causes you – that means it’s stealing time from productive work and happiness. So, what are YOU focusing on? I’d love to know! Leave your comments below!
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