For those that know me well, you know that I have a personality that tends to sweat the small stuff.
Like really really small stuff.
Like stuff that ends up driving my family and sometimes my co-workers crazy.
But recently, as I am reading the book The Magic of Thinking Big by Dave Schwartz, I came across something that has changed my outlook on life.
A four-word saying that is simple – yet powerful – “Is it really important?”
As Dave Schwartz puts it: ”Most quarrels start over petty, unimportant matters. Here is a technique that works: Before complaining or accusing or reprimanding someone or launching a counter-attack in self defense, ask yourself “is it really important?” In most cases, it isn’t and you avoid the conflict. “
or in biblical terms:
“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” 1 Thess 5:18 NIV
As a Real Christian Businessman, putting this into practice at work turns potential conflicts into successful meetings.
At home it turns an argument with your spouse into a night of smiling and laughing.
It turns a complaining mindset into a can do attitude.
It helps in all situations.
So the next time you go to say something that most likely will cause a conflict, instead try and first say to yourself “Is it really important?” and see how the outcome turns out.
You may be surprised.
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