The Power Of Your Words - Part 1: Do you fight fair?
The Destructive Power of Your Words
Have you ever stopped to think about how you come across when you get angry?
Do you go in for the kill? Do you need to have the last word?
Do you trigger shame, embarrassment, or humiliation in the person you’re angry with?
Do you stay on topic or do you attack or undermine that person?
Do you say whatever it takes to shut the other person down?
Maybe it’s time to take a step back and evaluate how you handle conflict resolution.
The Importance of Self-Reflection
There is no relationship more important to examine— be it work, marriage, or friendship—
than the one you have with yourself.
Ask yourself: “Who do I become when I get really angry?” Why does this matter?
Because the foundation of life-long relationships—colleagues, supporters, lovers, spouses—can be undermined in one vicious argument. Your words can hit your listener like shards of glass, and long after you’ve moved on, they’re still hearing those words and thinking about what they wish they had said to you.
This is how grudges start.
Never underestimate the power of your words to create a grudge, because they can come back to bite you, professionally or personally, several years into the future.