Have you ever avoided having a difficult conversation with a friend, colleague or partner? If you have, you might already know how harmful it can be, both to yourself and the relationship. Whether it’s a small annoyance or major issue, leaving things unaddressed can breed resentment, enable toxic and harmful behaviour, and cause relationships to fall apart. Beyond personal issues, avoiding the hard stuff can have societal and global implications. Daunting as it can be, the ability to engage in healthy confrontation is crucial to making a difference in your personal life and the world at large.
In this episode of Mentally Stronger, I provide a helpful framework, based on the work of psychologist, author and relationship researcher John Gottman, equipping you to have difficult conversations with confidence and effectiveness. With these four simple steps, you’ll be more empowered and authentic in the situations you face, opening the door for more fulfilling relationships, less stress and greater mental strength.