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How to Handle Opposition

"Opposing viewpoints don't need to mean one is right and the other wrong." - James McPartland


Access Point: Courageous Conversations | Blog post by James McPartland | Speaker, Author, Executive Coach

Ever find yourself caught up in the age-old debate of who's right and who's wrong?


I get it; we all want to be on the winning side of an argument. But let me throw a curveball at you – what if it's not about being right or wrong, but about understanding how we arrive at our conclusions?


Think about it. The world is a diverse mixture of experiences, beliefs, and upbringing.


What I've come to realize is that it's not whether a person is right or wrong; it's about the unique journey they've taken to get there. Imagine growing up in someone else's shoes – their environment, conditioning, and the influence of their teachers. If we walked down that same path, chances are we'd see the world through their lens and believe what they believe.


So, the next time you find yourself in a heated discussion, don't focus on who's right or what's right. Instead, ask yourself, "How did they arrive at that conclusion?"


Embracing differing points of view, and holding them side by side, can be a game-changer. It's not about being wishy-washy; it's about broadening your horizons and occasionally letting go of something because, hey, you might realize you were clinging to it too tightly in the pursuit of being right.


In a world where perspectives vary, the real magic happens when we learn to appreciate how others came to form their beliefs.


Never stop growing,

Mac


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