Assume positive intent
“Assume positive intent”, I was told.
At work or otherwise, this is one behavior that can keep you calm when things seem to slip away. When chaos takes over and rational thinking seems like a blur, I do as I was once told. I go back to the basics and assume a positive intent. I assume that the person I am finding hard to deal with also wants the best. Just that the way we may be looking at the same thing is different. It is also possible that the other person knows something that I don’t and vice versa.
However, assuming this will not be easy. You need to fight with many things including your past experience with the person, your subject-matter knowledge, and the thought process. Sometimes you may also need to stretch your mind and hold your tongue but once you can do that, you will see a tough situation will turn into a good conversation.
It takes seconds to react to a situation but hours to think and do the right thing. If you go with the right attitude, you will see that you will win people and be successful at what you do.
Have you tried assuming a positive intent? Do you think this will work for you?
Tagging to Skywatch Friday along with a learning from my week.