Give Up On Being Right And Be Happy
One key ingredient to any successful relationship is giving up on being right. That goes for any type of relationship.
If two friends have different points of view, fighting to prove that one is right and the other is wrong is a recipe for disaster.
If co-workers have different ways to go about a solution, fighting to prove one way is better than the other, is the quickest way to discord and most likely failure.
The point is: it never matters who is right. What matters is to be able to do what’s needed in co-operation and that only can happen if both parties can get their ego out of the way and tend to the task at hand.
Relationship intelligence teaches us to realize – before too late – that we are headed to a confrontation if we don’t approach a subject humbly. What I mean is; instead of saying this is how it is, what about saying “what do you think?” By inviting and being open to the other person’s point of view we show 1 – their opinion is important, and 2 – we are willing to listen. It’s a simple adjustment that makes friends instead of enemies.
Another key ingredient is paying compliments. I’m not talking about making up lies or being sugary. I’m talking about recognizing a quality in another person and letting them know we are aware and appreciate it. The message is: I see you.
Why not be supportive? All of us deal with rejections on a daily basis. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we heard from our partners, friends and colleagues that there is something about us they truly appreciate?
At the end of the day it doesn’t really matter if we are right or wrong. What matters is that we find a way to live in harmony with the people that are important to us. It also doesn’t hurt to spread a little love by telling others how they matter to us.
Try it out. Give up being right, pay some compliments and watch your life change .