No matter where you live, work, go to school, or even travel, you will always encounter difficult people. Some might be insignificant moments of frustration while other difficult people might have a more permeant role in your life. Regardless of the reason someone is difficult to work with or be around, there are some best practices for handling the situation. Here are three of the ways to make your life easier when it comes to dealing with difficult people:
Be Aware of Their Weaknesses
Think of someone you know that is difficult to work with. I am sure if I asked you, you could tell me why exactly they were hard to be around. They are always late, grouchy, awkward, procrastinate, complain, make you beg for help, aren't social, don't understand personal space...the list can go on and on. If you want to learn how to deal with and "manage" your interactions with this person, you first have to name and understand their weakness. Once you understand the root of the problem you can then tact...
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, gratitude is on the mind. Every Thanksgiving we are surrounded by those we love most as we sit around large tables full of good food. It is easy to see why we have so much to be grateful for. It is also easy to be grateful on Thanksgiving because the whole world is participating. It is a social media uproar with #grateful. However, I believe that gratitude is not the easy choice. Gratitude is a difficult decision and it is never second nature. That is why choosing to be grateful is key to truly living a life full of thanks, and it must start long before the turkey is cooking.
Have you ever wondered why you can find two people in similar situations, with one who is happy while the other is miserable? It comes down to their choices. Each of us has the ability to choose gratitude or not. Happiness tends to be a bubble of a many emotions instead of an isolated emotion. Relief, excitement, love, safety, peace, and joy all are part of the sensation o...
When it comes to handling stress we all are so different. Not all stress is bad, but more often than not it is a nuisance in our lives. Dealing with stress, managing our worries, and working our concerns is fundamental to achieving your goals. Here are some tried and true tips to dealing with stress in your life:
Identify the Stressor
Stress can come in many forms in our lives. It can be good stress like wanting to do really well on assignments, or push ourselves to the next level, or it can be the stress that eats away at our happiness. Whichever type of stress you are experiencing identify where it is coming from. We spend the majority of our time running around being “stressed” but over what? Take the time to figure out the real cause of your stress. Is it that upcoming holiday party, a work assignment, new people to impress, or are you pushing yourself really hard? The first step to limiting your stress is to know where it is coming from.
It seems the older we get, the fuller our lives become. Our lives can get so over-ran with our to-do lists and responsibilities that we can feel like we are struggling to keep up. Sometimes we are even running so hard and so fast that we forget what we are running towards. When it comes to building a life that is both satisfying and enjoyable it is all about balance. And one of the easiest ways to bring balance to your life is through simplifying.
I wish simplifying our lives was as easy as it sounds. “Simplifying” your life can mean so many different things. It could mean making changes to your schedule, letting go of some expectations, or even allowing yourself to say “no.” While no one’s life is truly “simple” here are some tips and tricks to simplify your life where it really counts.
“Getting real with yourself,” is a term I like to use that means it is time to figure out where I really stand on an issue. Are there things/events/projects/expectations in your life that a...
Do you know your limits? So many of us don’t. Or worse yet, we are afraid that if we admit we have limits that we are weak. When in reality the opposite is true. Knowing your limits, in all aspects of your life, makes you a more rounded individual, better employee, kinder friend, and more loving person. Understanding your limits is the key to feeling more in control of your life and allows you to give more energy and love to those around you.
I used to think that “no” was a dirty word. I had a really hard time telling people “no” for lots of reasons. I felt like it was rude. That they would resent me for turning down their offer in anyway. I grew to resent myself and others when I felt burned out, didn’t really want to participate, or felt like I agreed to something I really shouldn’t have. I didn’t know my limits.
Knowing your limits means that you know when to take a break and when to push through. When you really are stressed and when you are just burned out. Take a look at some of th...