May 20, 2013 - Are you allowing opposition to inspire you? Are you experiencing opposition or lack of support in an endeavor you are seeking to achieve that is causing you frustration? Is this situation incapacitating your next action? Is the lack of support or opposition due to a lack of clarity or communication about what you are trying to ultimately achieve? Do you need to more clearly communicate how the endeavor relates to others and how it can benefit them? Opposition should never be viewed from the defensive mindset, but rather from an opportunity mindset. What can you learn, or what more needs to be understood in order to bring more support to you? What needs to be better explained or clarified in order to shift others from opposing your ideas or recommendations to being open to exploring these things with you?
Take an MM&I Moment to better understand why the opposition or lack of support is occurring. List the reasons given and view them from an objective, unemotional perspective. Analyze these reasons logically regarding what may be missing in your communication or your approach that could help others better understand and embrace what you are seeking to achieve. Ask additional questions to determine what could gain more support or what could help make the ideas become even better and more plausible. By seeking to understand and improve versus seeking to defend and holding firm, you are letting others know you are hearing them and also respecting them. By acknowledging others' perspectives while encouraging them to also consider the opportunity before them, you are gaining their respect, and most likely even greater support in the long run moving forward. Best of all, almost always an even better end result is realized.
Synergized Quote of the Week
"Don't be afraid of opposition. Remember, a kite rises against, not with the wind." - Hamilton Wright Mable
Yours in synergistic thinking,