You have to climb to reach your goal. And, like any climber, you will face obstacles. Often times they manifest themselves in other people who are determined to block your path or break your spirit.
When confronted by negativity and criticism, it’s easier to stay low, to sling mud. But that doesn’t make it a good choice.
My challenge to you—and myself—is to mindfully pursue the high road in 2016.
To get you started, here are some tips I use to stay focused on the things that matter:
- Default to understanding.
- Give people the benefit of the doubt.
- Treat others better than you treat yourself.
- Remember that offense cannot be given; it can only be taken.
- Practice forgiveness.
Living honorably in these mean-spirited times won’t be easy. But it will be worth the effort.
Happy New Year,