Happy Monday! Today’s Monday Mantra is:
“I will smile in the face of adversity”
There’s that wonderful quote: “Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional“, which is absolutely true. In our lives, we will come across so many different people that it is inevitable that we will have differences of opinion on something. Conflict isn’t necessarily something bad however. It can be an opportunity for clearer communication, for expression, for strengthening relationships, building bridges, and so on.
Today’s mantra is rooted in that very concept. No matter what you’re doing, no matter where you are, there is always a possibility of conflict/adversity. Rather than shy away from it, or become increasingly defensive, smile at it. Smile at the conflict, see it for the opportunity it CAN be (and only you can take something positive from it, even if it is something as simple as not making a mistake, or growing from errors).
Approach conflict and adversity as if they are allies. In reality, they can be a partner in crime, or they can be a cruel criminal. Make them the partner in crime by approaching the adversity with a positive attitude. Challenge yourself to remain the ‘reasonable’ party. Challenge yourself to not get worked up. Challenge yourself to find the opportunity to collaborate, and turn the conflict, into cooperation.
Be confident in your approach, but understanding. Speak your mind, but also listen. Smiling in the face of adversity will keep you positive, optimistic, reasonable, and can help turn conflict, into an opportunity!