Surviving the End of Year Rush

We are already in that frantic time of year where we are rushing to get things done before the festivities begin.  Although it is supposed to be a time of caring, sharing and goodwill to all it doesn’t always work out that way.

I recently read the following extracts from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:

‘It is much more ennobling to the human spirit to let people judge themselves than to judge them.  And in a high trust culture, it’s much more accurate’ (p224).

‘If I were to summarise in one sentence the single most important principle I have learned in the field of interpersonal relations, it would be this: Seek first to understand, then to be understood.  This principle is the key to effective interpersonal communication’ (p237).

In this fast-paced time of year, it is easier to act from the automatic part of our brain.  It is quicker and faster, and we react to situations in ways which we have used in the past (habits), not considering the outcome or consequence.  This part of our brain also houses our emotion, which may impact on the behaviour we demonstrate in these situations.

We access this part of our brain at any time. Yet the not so attractive aspect will appear when we are under pressure, stress, or threat.  That makes it more difficult to achieve the behaviour detailed in the extracts above.

You can manage this behaviour and how you react to others behaviour.  It is a valuable tool to have in your toolbox if you want to come through this time unscathed.

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