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If You Want to Find The One, You Need To Understand And Work On Yourself First

If You Want to Find The One, You Need To Understand And Work On Yourself First

After yet another disappointing date or terrible letdown by a seemingly great future partner, you are back in that dark place of thinking how many more heartbreaks is it going to take before you quit on love and dating once and for all. Sounds familiar? If you are fed up with being single but all your efforts to change it seem to end in the same way, it’s time to change the approach by adopting a new mindset.

Stop idealizing relationships of others

It can be a great torture to have the perfect couple around and have to witness a very public display of their love for one another, while you are alone and miserable. Help yourself, and next time when you start feeling jealous at others’ love, keep in mind that not any two people are the same, or perfect, for that matter. You simply cannot compare yourself to anyone, nor should you. Seeing two soul mates should serve as a reminder that there is one for everyone, and not a reason for jealousy.

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Stop being so hard on yourself

As the years go by, you may start to wonder if it is your fault that you are still single. Maybe it is you, and you’re just not a fun person to be around? There is nothing wrong with you. Nobody is perfect, and all the people who have found the one have their own weaknesses and insecurities, but it didn’t prevent them from finding love. Thinking that you are unlikeable will only stop you from letting your light shine in front of the person who is just into your kind of “wrong”.

Stay away from needy people

As much as it is important for you to not enter a relationship out of need, the same goes for avoiding committing to a partner who needs love way too desperately. It can be hard to escape the needy mindset, especially if you have been single for a while, but being with a partner who needs love more than he actually wants you is a burden no one can handle. Instead, look for a person who is in it because they want you and everything you come with, and don’t perceive you as a prototype partner.

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Refuse to play games

The world is full of players, but you don’t need to play along. Most often men take on the role of restless chasers, while women come up with tactics to keep them chasing. Yet, sooner or later the chase is done, leaving men moving on to another exciting adventure, and women asking themselves if it was all worth the struggle. If you are feeling ready to quit playing games and start something worthwhile, start being upfront and look for a bit more quiet individuals, with a bit more substance.

Rethink your lists

Making a list of traits our ideal partner should have can help us focus more on what we want, but it can be damaging our chances as well. It is one thing to want a partner who is compassionate and caring, and a totally different thing to refuse to get to know a person just because they don’t entirely fit our look requirements.

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Change your perspective of the one

Instead of putting too much pressure on finding the one who fulfills all of our impossible requirements, we should focus more on what we have to offer. By developing as individuals, we would be more able to give a chance to people to reveal themselves to us and become one gradually.

It is not easy to all of a sudden stop caring about the public opinion and social norms, and praise yourself for holding on and not settling for less than you feel you deserve, or to change our old ways, but with little effort, we can all adopt a positive outlook on ourselves and love.

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Last Updated on February 21, 2019

The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

In business, in social relationships, in family… In whatever context conflict is always inevitable, especially when you are in the leader role. This role equals “make decisions for the best of majority” and the remaining are not amused. Conflicts arise.

Conflicts arise when we want to push for a better quality work but some members want to take a break from work.

Conflicts arise when we as citizens want more recreational facilities but the Government has to balance the needs to maintain tourism growth.

Conflicts are literally everywhere.

Avoiding Conflicts a No-No and Resolving Conflicts a Win-Win

Avoiding conflicts seem to be a viable option for us. The cruel fact is, it isn’t. Conflicts won’t walk away by themselves. They will, instead, escalate and haunt you back even more when we finally realize that’s no way we can let it be.

Moreover, avoiding conflicts will eventually intensify the misunderstanding among the involved parties. And the misunderstanding severely hinders open communication which later on the parties tend to keep things secret. This is obviously detrimental to teamwork.

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Some may view conflicts as the last step before arguments. And they thus leave it aside as if they never happen. This is not true.

Conflicts are the intersect point between different individuals with different opinions. And this does not necessarily lead to argument.

Instead, proper handling of conflicts can actually result in a win-win situation – both parties are pleased and allies are gained. A better understanding between each other and future conflicts are less likely to happen.

The IBR Approach to Resolve Conflicts

Here, we introduce to you an effective approach to resolve conflicts – the Interest-Based Relational (IBR) approach. The IBR approach was developed by Roger Fisher and William Ury in their 1981 book Getting to Yes. It stresses the importance of the separation between people and their emotions from the problem. Another focus of the approach is to build mutual understanding and respect as they strengthen bonds among parties and can ultimately help resolve conflicts in a harmonious way. The approach suggests a 6-step procedure for conflict resolution:

Step 1: Prioritize Good Relationships

How? Before addressing the problem or even starting the discussion, make it clear the conflict can result in a mutual trouble and through subsequent respectful negotiation the conflict can be resolved peacefully. And that brings the best outcome to the whole team by working together.

Why? It is easy to overlook own cause of the conflict and point the finger to the members with different opinions. With such a mindset, it is likely to blame rather than to listen to the others and fail to acknowledge the problem completely. Such a discussion manner will undermine the good relationships among the members and aggravate the problem.

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Example: Before discussion, stress that the problem is never one’s complete fault. Everyone is responsible for it. Then, it is important to point out our own involvement in the problem and state clearly we are here to listen to everyone’s opinions rather than accusing others.

Step 2: People Are NOT the Cause of Problem

How? State clearly the problem is never one-sided. Collaborative effort is needed. More importantly, note the problem should not be taken personally. We are not making accusations on persons but addressing the problem itself.

Why? Once things taken personally, everything will go out of control. People will become irrational and neglect others’ opinions. We are then unable to address the problem properly because we cannot grasp a fuller and clearer picture of the problem due to presumption.

Example: In spite of the confronting opinions, we have to emphasize that the problem is not a result of the persons but probably the different perspectives to view it. So, if we try to look at the problem from the other’s perspective, we may understand why there are varied opinions.

Step 3: Listen From ALL Stances

How? Do NOT blame others. It is of utmost importance. Ask for everyone’s opinions. It is important to let everyone feel that they contribute to the discussion. Tell them their involvement is essential to solve the problem and their effort is very much appreciated.

Why? None wants to be ignored. If one feels neglected, it is very likely for he/she to be aggressive. It is definitely not what we hope to see in a discussion. Acknowledging and being acknowledged are equally important. So, make sure everyone has equal opportunity to express their views. Also, realizing their opinions are not neglected, they will be more receptive to other opinions.

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Example: A little trick can played here: Invite others to talk first. It is an easy way to let others feel involved and ,more importantly, know their voices are heard. Also, we can show that we are actively listening to them by giving direct eye-contact and nodding. One important to note is that never interrupt anyone. Always let them finish first beforeanother one begins.

Step 4: Listen Comes First, Talk Follows

How? Ensure everyone has listened to one another points of view. It can be done by taking turn to speak and leaving the discussion part at last. State once again the problem is nothing personal and no accusation should be made.

Why? By turn-taking, everyone can finish talking and voices of all sides can be heard indiscriminantly. This can promote willingness to listen to opposing opinions.

Example: We can prepare pieces of paper with different numbers written on them. Then, ask different members to pick one and talk according to the sequence of the number. After everyone’s finished, advise everyone to use “I” more than “You” in the discussion period to avoid others thinking that it is an accusation.

Step 5: Understand the Facts, Then Address the Problem

How? List out ALL the facts first. Ask everyone to tell what they know about the problems.

Why? Sometimes your facts are unknown to the others while they may know something we don’t. Missing out on these facts could possibly lead to inaccurate capture of the problem. Also, different known facts can lead to different perception of the matter. It also helps everyone better understand the problem and can eventually help reach a solution.

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Example: While everyone is expressing their own views, ask them to write down everything they know that is true to the problem. As soon as everyone has finished, all facts can be noted and everyone’s understanding of the problem is raised.

Step 6: Solve the Problem Together

How? Knowing what everyone’s thinking, it is now time to resolve the conflict. Up to this point, everyone should have understood the problem better. So, it is everyone’s time to suggest some solutions. It is important not to have one giving all the solutions.

Why? Having everyone suggesting their solutions is important as they will not feel excluded and their opinions are considered. Besides, it may also generate more solutions that can better resolve the conflicts. Everyone will more likely be satisfied with the result.

Example: After discussion, ask all members to suggest any possible solutions and stress that all solutions are welcomed. State clearly that we are looking for the best outcomes for everyone’s sake rather than battling to win over one another. Then, evaluate all the solutions and pick the one that is in favor of everyone.

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