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5 Reasons to Step Up to Confront Conflict

By Sandy Schroeder

Some days conflict and challenges seem to be everywhere. Your child’s teacher wants to discuss behavior issues. You and a co-worker collide over a project. Your community is adopting a building program that you totally oppose. So what do you do?

Recently offered some reasons why we should step up and face the challenges as they appear. See what you think.

Facing conflict reduces stress – Moving forward to deal with the issues may reduce feelings of anxiety, tension or irritation. As you face the situations, you may learn more about your child’s behavior, the co-worker’s views, and other facets of the building project. By dealing with each situation you may find new answers, resolve real issues, and learn better ways to handle future challenges.

Facing conflict helps us grow - lf we constantly sidestep tough issues or challenging people, we lose the opportunity to learn how to defuse situations, meet people halfway, and let go of annoyances or anger. Whenever you can, try to calmly get to the core of the matter and resolve the issues, instead of hanging on to the problem or carrying a grudge.

Confronting issues invites understanding - If you just simmer and brood about complicated issues or difficult people, nothing improves. Speaking up, offering your thoughts, and asking for a response could actually turn things around, make everyone feel better, and improve future encounters. I have watched co-workers start out in complete opposition, finally calming down enough to find areas of agreement. If there had been no discussion, neither person would have benefitted, and the project would have floundered.

Facing conflict creates confidence - If you anticipate all sorts of negatives in a situation, it may be tempting to just accept it as is, but confronting it and getting positive responses helps to build confidence. Never speaking up or standing up for what you think can create all sorts of  hangups. Contrast that with the people you know who do speak up. The smart ones try their best to understand others and reach common ground.

Facing challenges builds communication skills - How many times have you seen projects go awry, or people suffer, simply because there was a lack of communication?  When conflicts arise, perceptive communication often provides solutions as issues are understood and people feel that they have been heard.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Maple Grove, Minn.

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