I’ve been alive for almost 40 years. I wouldn’t say that I’m an expert at everything, far from it actually. I do think that the older I get, the more experience teaches me. Most experiences I evaluate what I did and what I said. Sometimes I agree with how I acted and the outcome. Sometimes I wish there was a “do over” option. I’m rather sure I will never get to the point that I don’t wish for do overs. All I can do is the best I can in the moment. What is the best? Get along with everyone. Seems simple, but also difficult. This is the best solution when navigating this world of different personalities, moods, cultures, and behavior.
How does this make sense? How is it possible to get along with everyone. I suppose it’s actually impossible to get along with everyone, but that is still the best solution for every situation. When I focus on getting along, it makes everything better.
There’s a natural peace that comes from getting along with everyone. Most people want the best for themselves, and when I endeavor to get along with them, our goals align. When I am on their side (so it seems) they are less combative and arguable. That’s peaceful, especially in business. Peaceful agreements lead to solutions.
Getting along with everyone also allows me to develop deeper relationships. Face it, no one truly likes the person that always disagrees with them and argues their beliefs and ideas. Most people would definitely not include those people as part of their closest circle of friends. Sure there’s always a person that challenges you, but the negative person eventually finds themself alone. Or best possible scenario for them, with a group of other like-minded negative individuals.
So how does one get along with everyone else? You must be genuine. Don’t get along based on dishonesty. Don’t be ashamed of your beliefs or thoughts just to agree. Be yourself. Too many people get along because they don’t engage deeper topics.
“As long as we only talk about superficial things we’re fine.”
You can have differences in those deeper topics, but those differences don’t lead to arguments. You can be genuine and raw and still get along with others. The more you are able to do this, the more you actually get to know someone. This also narrows your true friends.
Try from here on out to get along with everyone. It’s the best solution I’ve found in my time, and I think it will continue to be. At the end of every day, I may not have accomplished everything that I wanted, but I know that I can pick back up tomorrow with the people I worked with because we still get along.