Tell yourself today on the job, in your home, in your neighborhood the following mantra.
“I don’t always get my way.”
It’s a lesson we all should have learned when we were two, when we pitched fits and either learned the world centered around us or we learned to get off our backs, wipe the tears and join the party on the other side of the room.
I would have expected this lesson to be central to the 1980s book by Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. I don’t remember this specific line appearing. Similar ones, yes. “Play Fair. Don’t Hit.”
But this one principle or mantra is very specific to how we as adults get along in life with our spouse, children, parents, siblings, neighbors, co-workers, bosses, people we lead.
It sounds like the self-talk end of the Golden Rule: I don’t always get my way.