“Focus on the truth rather than what people think.” Aristotle

I saw this quote the other day and it resonated with me for many reasons. How many times have we been in a group situation, whether a participant or leader, and felt people holding back their energy; their conscience because they were fearful of what may come next or that there would be “scary” consequences? The sad thing is they think by doing so, they are “safe–”  no such thing, I say. There is a difference between using the edit button and not blurting out things that are sarcastic or malicious versus carefully choosing words that describe the problem and seek productive, helpful outcomes. If we move away from attack mode, and focus on listening to each other, we can get to problem solving much easier and gain clarity and insight for other creative ideas and projects that reap rewards and benefits. There’s a great book by Terry Dobson called, Aikido in Everyday Life: Giving in to Get Your Way. In his book, conflict is considered good and necessary, but it’s how we deal with the conflict that brings us to better outcomes and results, and ultimately, staying truthful to ourselves. Learning how to master being true to our conscience, yet practicing the techniques and art form Aikido, now that’s what I call true “winning!”

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