You Can Be Right Or Be Happy. Pick One.

Over 85% of our personal and financial success stems not from our technical skills, but from our ability to have positive interpersonal relationships. If you’ve ever taken a behavioral assessment, like the Myers Briggs, Disc, Insights, colors, animals, etc., then you’re probably familiar with the concepts I’m about to explain. Unfortunately you need a Ph.D. to understand much of what’s been written on the topic. I’m going to simplify it.

Now What?

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend.  I had the rare opportunity to be kid-less for 48 hours, and it was such a nice break.  What if we created a child timeshare system?  I’m convinced it’s the next million dollar idea!  In the meantime, let’s work our way to a million dollars by being incredibly successful.

So how do you make that happen?  There are many ways to become successful, and we’ll explore more of them next week, but today, we’re going to focus on one strategy that will change your life and level of success.

Research has identified that at least 85% of our personal and professional success stems from our relationships with others.  Unless you live in a bubble, your success and happiness largely depends on your ability to have positive, productive relationships.  In order to improve relationships and minimize unproductive conflict, it is critical to communicate effectively.  Last week we explored ways to identify behavior styles.  Today, we’ll take the next step.

If perception is reality, it is important to understand others’ perspectives.  Because much of our world view is shaped by the lens we look through, it helps to know how to modify your approach to both allow you see the perspective of others and to help them see yours.

So, now what?  Use these 7 strategies to get started: