Think of a troubling situation from the past or one you are currently dealing. Maybe it’s your boss who chose someone else for a coveted role or project. Perhaps it’s a comment made by a friend or partner. It could even be something you were left out of.
Observe the thoughts running through your head. Are they based on factual information based on direct communication from the other person? Or instead are these assumptions swirling through your head? Assumptions have the ability to take on a life of their own, making the story bigger and bigger until we’ve created a screen play out of a simple gesture, comment or action.
We so often hold others accountable for what they say or do yet rarely ask for clarification. Miscommunication is the root of most conflict and yet so easy to resolve!
Today, gather up the courage to ask the questions and also be ready for the answer. To live confidently in knowing that our only job is to manage ourselves.
“We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their actions.” ~ Stephen Covey