In life, there are some simple truths.
And one of those truths is that you don’t have to agree to be agreeable.
By that I mean that you don’t need to disagree every time that you don’t agree.
Just because you do not agree with something, doesn’t mean that you have to vocalise your disagreement.
Sometimes it is better to just agree with someone, even when you disagree with them, just to shut them up.
And by shutting them up, you actually WIN.
And they are none the wiser.
I remember discussing this many years ago with a friend of mine who owned a fitness centre.
One of the employees at the fitness centre regularly made errors of judgement on a consistent basis.
Now it was thought that these random errors made by this employee were at best, acts of carelessness, and as such were just simply errors in his personal judgement.
Whenever my friend had reason to raise these errors with his employee, the response from the employee was always the same.
And that response was one of apology. The employee was always agreeable about any error and they were truly apologetic for the inconveniences or failures caused.
By responding in this manner each and every time, the employee ALWAYS diffused any antagonism that might have arisen in the mind of his employer [my friend the fitness centre owner].
In so doing, the employee always was able to create a situational result akin to “dropping the rope” in a tug-of war.
No resistance = game over.
The key thought.
I don’t know whether the employee was living by the doctrine I am about to suggest, but his actions and responses were certainly aligned with the key principle:
And that is:
“In a year’s time, will what I think, say or do now, in this moment, really matter?”
Sometimes letting things “go through to the keeper” is often the best strategy.
Failing to “bite”, just because a bait is thrown, is not a sign of weakness, but rather, is a sign of intelligence.
A good batsman knows which balls to hit, and which balls to leave.
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