Knowing from Doing the Right Thing and Achieving All Your Goals at the Same Time
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Doing the Right Thing and Achieving All Your Goals at the Same Time

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KNOWING
---People Are What They Are and It's Irrelevant Anyway
---We Don't Know What Other People Are Capable of Achieving
---People Are Not Accountable for Their Thoughts and Feelings
---We Don't Know What Other People are Thinking and Feeling
---People Are Accountable for Their Words and Actions
---Assume Everyone is Doing the Best They Can
---Assume Everyone Has a Good Reason for What They Say and Do

LISTENING
---Listen Very Carefully
---Welcome Information, Criticism is Information
---If You Have a Choice, Don't Choose to be Hurt
---Examine Your Motives
---Targeting Problems is Good, Targeting People is Evil
---If You Want Someone to Do Something for You, You Have to Be Completely on Their Side
---When People Don't Understand, Listen Better

SPEAKING
---State Your Position Clearly and Ask for What You Want Specifically
---Tell Them Even If You Know They Won't Understand
---All You Can Do is Tell Them, You Can't Make Anyone Do Anything
---When People Don't Meet Your Expectations, Change Your Expectations
---Give Them 100 Tries to Get It Right
---If They Can't Get It Right in 100 Tries, There Must Be Something Wrong with the Procedure
---Teach Everyone to Do Everything

Knowing

We all act with and respond toward other people based on what we believe about ourselves and other people. To change what is not working for us, what is making us miserable and getting in the way of our goals, we have to change what we believe. Then everything we do and everything we say changes automatically. The following are a few things that, if we can believe them, will change our interactions with other people.

People Are What They Are Ė And Itís Irrelevant Anyway

We Donít Know What Other People Are Capable of Achieving

People Are Not Accountable for Their Thoughts and Feelings

We Donít Know What Other People Are Thinking and Feeling

People Are Accountable for Their Words and Actions

Assume Everyone is Doing the Best They Can

Assume Everyone Has a Good Reason for What They Say and Do



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