Don’t take anything personally.
Easier said than done; I know.
I used to waste a lot of time internalizing the actions of others. The best realization I have made in my career and ultimately in my life is that I can’t control what other people do. I can only control what I do. I made an intentional and strategic choice many years ago: to try really hard to stop taking things personally.
Here’s the wake-up call: it’s not about you.
No one thinks about you more than you think about you. Stop assuming that you are the main motivator of other people's actions; you’re not. They are reacting to and dealing with their own “stuff”…not you.
The best place to start your journey of not taking things personally is to educate yourself about yourself. Invest in learning about yourself. One way to do that is to invest in personality and style assessments. These assessments are designed to provide insight and self-awareness about your preferences and style. Do you prefer to be the life of the party, or skip the party? Do you prefer to dive into the details or do the details wear you out? Start with yourself, then encourage your colleagues to invest in learning about themselves. Improved communication is a guaranteed result.
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