One lovely thing about a new year is that sense of a fresh start and an open calendar. Of course, that calendar tends to fill up pretty quickly with work and travel commitments. One way to make sure you’re factoring…
Here’s a fun exercise. Next time you find yourself seething at something someone did or said, try to find three other reasons for what happened. For example, someone blows off a meeting you called and you assume it’s because they don’t respect you / don’t like you / don’t value the initiative you’re running. What other reason could there be? 1. They forgot. 2. They ran late on a client call and gave that precedence 3. They didn’t think you really needed them there.
We tend to assume the worst and create what I call “negative narratives” about what happened. But more often there are entirely mundane reasons behind someone else’s behavior. Look for how quickly you create Negative Narratives and try to come up with some Alternative Answers.
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