Take it on … Or let it lie?

2 Dec

The inspiration for this blog post came from my colleague, Cathy.  She told be about an article: “Do you want to be right, or do you want to be married?”

The title got be to thinking about how the need to ‘be right’ sure can contribute to conflict. And since I’m all about finding ways to reduce the sources of conflict, I thought I would pass along some of my thoughts.

Being ‘right’ can come at a high price.

  • If you are right all of the time, it leaves less room for someone else to be right.
  • ‘Right’ and ‘wrong’ are like ‘black’ and ‘white’ .. . not a lot of opportunity there to explores shades of gray. Is there an even better idea?
  • Friends, co-workers, family (even children) don’t like to be around someone who is always right. Do you?
  • Being right is temporary … you have to prove it over and over again. That takes a lot of energy.

BOXER-personSo, next time you want to jump into a situation and insist that you’re right about something, think twice, take a deep breath and decide … how important is it that I am right? Should I take it on … or let it lie? It might be OK to let the issue go without staking your claim to ‘rightness.’

Which brings me to a cute quote I found about always being right:

“When everybody gets to thinking they’re right, that’s when you know they’ve all just gotta be wrong.”  – Raphie Frank

Something to think about, huh.




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