At any moment, you find yourself thinking the worst of someone or some situation. It’s one of the most frequent things we do; spend time thinking negative thoughts about someone or something, usually because we don’t have all the facts and interpret what we do know through our own filter.
This ‘runaway mind’ approach is what often kills productivity in teams and relationships. While there are certainly situations where we have all the facts and sometimes our negative response is warranted, more often than not our response/reaction is based on half-truths.
“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theodore Roosevelt
You can’t always know how to best respond to a situation but when it involves a person, open and transparent conversation will often solve runaway mind.
Who do you need to talk to this week to put any negativity to rest and resolve perceived conflict?