This week I learned many lessons. It was a very hectic week with some unexpected issues. The main thing that I realized is that sometimes being diplomatic does not always work in your favor. No one should ever go around with the intention of hurting others because you will never get anywhere in life with that type of attitude. Consideration of others should always be at the forefront of any decision that will affect other people besides yourself. However; when it comes to your own personal well-being, goals, and desires, being diplomatic is not always going to help you. Sometimes, in order to get things accomplished or get to where you need to be…you have to make a decision. Everyone will not like your decision. As a matter of fact, if you don’t have at least one person who criticizes your decisions, then you are probably being too nice.
I was reading an article this morning about Jillian Michaels. Jillian seems to be a very sweet person but when it is time to get to work, she ruffles a few feathers along the way. Before she became the well-known trainer that she is today, she had people tell her not to pursue personal training as a full-time career. “Every mistake in my professional career came when someone told me not to rock the boat. The worst advice I ever got was to be diplomatic because it compromised my authentic truth….always follow your heart and what’s in your gut.” Those words pretty much sum up the lesson I learned this week. If you need something, ask, if you see a problem, speak up. Nothing traumatic will happen. If you don’t listen to and look out for yourself, you will always be compromising to the will of others.
Practice diplomacy when necessary, but always listen to your heart.