As I write this I’m sitting at one of my favorite spots, listening to some wonderful live music, & contemplating things in my life. Something that jumped out at me is how we have the freedom to voice our opinions even when they don’t always line up with what others think.
And that’s ok.
In fact, it’s incredible. Let me explain…
I’ve been hearing a lot about how people are un-friending people on social media when they rant about certain subjects. They don’t agree with the other person’s point of view so they don’t want to hear it. But how horrible would it be to only surround yourself with people whose thoughts align with your own? How would we ever grow or expand our perspectives?
The short answer is, we wouldn’t.
I don’t think most people naturally seek out opposing views. It causes conflict. And most people, at least the people that I know, avoid conflict at all costs. I think that’s human nature. But conflict is a good thing. We grow as humans during times of conflict. In fact, we would be much further behind as a human race in general without the growing pains of conflict.
I heard a quote a while back that said, “The most successful people are those that have the most uncomfortable conversations.” I thought about that in my own life and I can fully attest to that being true for me – I’ve grown more personally and professionally when I have sought out uncomfortable conversations. Whether it has been in a relationship, in business, whatever, the forward motion was enhanced when I went out of my comfort zone. I am very thankful for those moments, as hard as they may have been.
Think about the moments in your life that have pushed you forward. I bet they didn’t come from the easy times.
Now, think about the conversations you need to have to grow through an obstacle in you. Go for it & grow from it. Be a #BetterYou!