Remaining Positive in Communication
Hey WA Friends,
One of the more valuable buttons available on WA is the follow button. I have found in receiving notification of blogs written and following up, interesting insights of others' thoughts and process for achievement.
In this, a question came to mind about long term positive growth:
Are you likely to achieve more, motivated by criticism or encouragement?
Recently, I've experienced a negative response from a friend's perspective, to an event we collaborated on, in building our business model... his criticism, though skewed with some personal sentiment, inspired my reaction to figure out just how I saw the whole picture differently.
A motivating moment for me! And called into question the entire concept of the project,which led me to make some serious revision to the framework of what I'd envisioned...kindly, I thanked him for his perspective, and we moved on.
Response Two, would have been to walk away, and from any such collaboration in the future, as I do not enjoy negative behavior and find it mostly detrimental for progress.
However, in my case, it did illicit a correct response, as I appropriately both examined the issue and made revisions that satisfied his argument. So Win-Win or No?
We cannot change another's response, and It is best to prepare your reactions to any such negative occurrence by #1) examining how you behave in such a climate #2) Developing the skill of keeping in perspective unproductive criticisms and rants, by recognizing the general communication skill of their author #3) Willingly dismiss your hurt or frustration from the situation...these my friend, you can control.
Encouragement, on the other hand,we know can motivate us to accomplish where there might seem little chance of success, and by it we conquer the demons within that might otherwise hold us to a meager outlook/existence.
I am a great believer in this virtue of our community and accept encouragement in all ways, from helpful comment to unwarranted praise. I am just happy you follow up.