We all have situations in life when we are being asked our opinion, a specific issue needs to be addressed or we feel someone could benefit from a different perspective. Honesty can be tricky for some people because they don’t want to be mean, risk rejection or engage in conflict.
Here is a 5 step process to be honest without being hurtful while minimizing the possibility of rejection and conflict.
Many people feel stressed and fearful about life and believe that other people or circumstances outside of themselves are responsible. This is true not only from a personal perspective, but also on a larger scale. A lot of people seem to be expressing concerns that the life they are living is no longer working or is leaving them wanting for something deeper and more meaningful.
Anger is a natural human emotion. In and of itself, anger is not bad, may be well founded, and can even be a motivating factor for bringing about positive change. For example, the end of slavery, women having the right to vote, laws to protect children and holding drunk drivers accountable for their actions all came about because enough people were angry enough to organize and demand change.
Remember, the children’s book, "Alexander and the Terrible Horrible Very Bad Day"? Unfortunately, we all have at least an occasional day when it seems the world is conspiring against us. When it’s happening, it’s easy to feel like there is nothing we can do, but wait for it to be over. While most things in life are out of our control, you always have more control than you think and bad days or no different. Changing your mind will change your day, but sometimes you need a little help… here are 5 ways to help you get it turned around.