How to have open an honest communication

Great communication is key to any healthy relationship, whether it be personal or professional. Oftentimes, people shy away from conflict because they believe it will lead to an argument.

However, avoiding conflict altogether can be just as harmful as arguing, if not more so. However, there are ways to communicate openly and honestly without coming across as confrontational. This isn’t a lost art, but you must have a strategy prior to your next conflict. This may seem a bit over simplified, but by speaking calmly and trying to understand the other person’s point of view, you can diffuse most situations before they escalate.

Conflict resolution doesn’t have to mean yelling and screaming. In fact, most conflicts can be resolved peacefully if both parties are willing to communicate openly and honestly. Even if the other person isn’t ready to talk calmly, if you focus on your tonality you’ll see them deescalate very quickly.

So the first step is for you to remain calm. It’s imperative not to let emotions get the better of you, as this will only make the situation worse. What are things you can do to ensure you can stay calm? One strategy is to consider how important this argument really is in the scope of your life. If this doesn’t impact you in a negative way in 20 years, is it really that important? Seriously. Consider what you’re willing to get that upset over right now. It’s called perspective and most times you’ll realize it’s just basic ego that’s getting in the way.

Once you’ve calmed down, try to see the other person’s perspective. If you can understand why they believe they’re right, you’re more likely to find common ground. Remember, everyone wants to be right—but that doesn’t mean that they are. Be open-minded and consider different points of view. Only then can you truly resolve a conflict.

Open and transparent communication is essential to any relationship—personal or professional. As we mentioned avoiding conflict might seem like the easy way out, but it can actually do more harm than good. The next time you find yourself in a situation where tempers are running high, remember to focus on you and try to see things from the other person’s point of view.

With a little understanding and patience, you’ll find most arguments are opportunities to create more meaningful relationships.

Only You Have the Power

It’s easy to forget why we started on our personal journey when we’re in the trenches, fighting our way to your personal and professional goals.

Life throws hardships and challenges at us left and right, and it’s tempting to give up and throw in the towel. Not only is it tempting, it’s easy. The world has made it easy for us to make an excuse or blame.

People nowadays are all too eager to coddle you when you don’t achieve something. It’s too easy to rationalize and justify.

When you feel that. When you hear that. When you see that. You must remember, only you are in power here.
You Are In Charge!

When you complain about the economy, people don’t want to buy, my partner doesn’t support me, my friends won’t help me, the sales aren’t good enough…whatever it is. When you complain about the ONLY things you actually have. You have nothing left.

You are always in charge of your life no matter what hand you were dealt. Other people can advise you but at the end of the day, only YOU can make the decisions for your life.

It sounds harsh but it’s true! If other people are making decisions for your life, then you aren’t really living are you? You are just existing and going through the motions day after day after day…

Now I’m not saying that life is perfect and that everything will be handed to you on a silver platter, but if YOU don’t take control, then who will? Who will make the decisions for your life? Who will create the future that YOU want? No one else is going to do it for you! So whatever hand you were dealt in life, make the best of it and never give up on yourself because only YOU have the power here!

It’s easy to forget our “why”–why we’re doing what we’re doing when challenges pop up seemingly out of nowhere (which let’s be honest, they do). It would be so much easier to just give up sometimes but if we did that whenever things got tough, we would never get anywhere or achieve anything in life.

The next time you find yourself feeling like giving up, remember why you started on this journey in the first place and all of the reasons why you want to see it through until the end. Only YOU have the power here so do something about it!

Overcoming Your Fears

Overcoming Your Fears

Everyone has two major fears: what if I am not good enough and what if I fail? The good news is that these fears can be overcome with the right mindset. Having a great attitude is important, but believing in yourself is imperative. There’s a big difference between confidence and arrogance, but if you’re not willing to make yourself uncomfortable and challenge yourself, you’ll never achieve your goals. This applies to both your work and personal life.

Why Are You Afraid?:

One of the best ways to overcome your fears is to ask yourself why you’re afraid in the first place. What happens if you do fail? And compare that to what if you do nothing? Then what? Personal growth isn’t easy, but when you push yourself amazing things happen.

Once you know why you’re afraid, it’s time to face your fears head on. This means putting yourself in situations that make you uncomfortable and challenging yourself to grow. This might mean taking on a new project at work or volunteering for a leadership role in your personal life. It’s important to remember that facing your fears doesn’t mean being reckless or careless; it simply means being willing to step outside of your comfort zone and take risks.

The Rewards of Overcoming Your Fears:

Overcoming your fears comes with its own set of rewards. When you push yourself, you’ll find that you’re capable of more than you ever thought possible. You’ll also build confidence in yourself and your abilities, which will help you achieve even more in the future. Finally, by facing your fears head on, you’ll also become more resilient and better able to handle whatever life throws your way.

If you find yourself held back by fear, remember that you have the power to overcome it. By asking yourself why you’re afraid and facing your fears head on, you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve. So don’t be afraid to challenge yourself—the rewards are definitely worth it!

Setting the Example – What True Leadership Looks Like

Setting the Example – What True Leadership Looks Like

When we think of leaders, oftentimes our minds jump to images of people in positions of power – CEOs, managers, executives, etc. But the truth is, everyone has the potential to be a leader. You don’t need a title to be a leader. In fact, people who say they’re “in charge” or that they’re “the boss” are really not leading at all. So what does true leadership look like?

True leadership is about setting an example. It’s about being someone that other people are willing to follow because they see you as credible and authentic. People want to feel appreciated, valued, and important, so it’s important to talk to them in a way that meets those needs. And finally, remember that not everyone is the same – so you’ll need to adapt your style depending on who you’re talking to.

If you can keep these things in mind, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a true leader – regardless of what title you have (or don’t have).

Effective Communication in the Workplace

Effective Communication in the Workplace

Good communication is essential for any workplace. But with so many different personality types, it can be difficult to find a method of communication that works for everyone. The key is to not get discouraged—effective communication is possible as long as you’re willing to adapt your approach. Here are three steps to take to ensure effective communication in the workplace.

1. Understand Your Communication Style

The first step to effective communication is understanding your own communication style. Everyone communicates differently, and it’s important to be aware of your own tendencies. Are you direct? Indirect? Do you like to have all the information before you start a discussion? Or do you prefer to wing it? Once you understand your own communication style, you can start to adapt it to fit the situation.

2. Listen actively

Listening is just as important as talking when it comes to effective communication. Active listening means being present and engaged in the conversation. It means making eye contact, nodding along, and paraphrasing what the other person has said to show that you’re comprehending and empathizing with their perspective. By practicing active listening, you can make sure that everyone feels heard and understood.

3. Avoid judgment

When approaching a conversation, it’s important to avoid judgment. This doesn’t mean refraining from offering criticism altogether—constructive feedback is important in the workplace—but it does mean approaching critique with an open mind and a willingness to see things from the other person’s perspective. If you can avoid passing judgment, you’ll find that conflicts are much easier to resolve.

Good communication is essential for a functioning workplace—but with so many different personality types, it can be difficult to find a method of communication that works for everyone.

The key is adapting your approach rather than trying to get everyone else to change theirs. By understanding this approach and keeping it top of mind and of course, practicing active listening, and avoiding judgment, you can ensure effective communication in even the most diverse workplaces.