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I Want To Be Wrong As Much As Possible - You Should Too! Here’s Why:

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The journey we’re all are on is similar. We have to deal with rejection, failure, unpleasant underarm smells, success, people we don’t like, death, kids (may not be our own) and our emotions that can make us happy and pissed off all at the same time.

It’s a tough gig being human, but that’s the card we were dealt. Part of the job description that we have as humans is being wrong. Understanding what it really means to be wrong is what this article is all about.

I want to give you the real story about being wrong and inspire you with the reality: It’s great when you’re wrong.

This is going to sound even crazier but here goes nothing:

“I want to be wrong as much as possible”

Why?

Being wrong is how I’ve learned everything I know. The process of doing involves being wrong a hell of a lot. I know that when I’m wrong, I’m putting in the work.

I’m like a mad scientist experimenting with different potions to find the winning one which is fulfillment of a purpose bigger than myself.

I’m not the only person that’s wrong. You’re wrong a lot too.

“Trying to be right is how you end up in a rut wondering why you’re not heading in the direction you want to”

I aim to be wrong at least once a day.

I have breakfast being wrong.

Then I go out for lunch and I’m wrong.

I then come home from work even more wrong. I smile the whole time because I’ve stopped hiding from the truth.

You’ll end up wrong more times than you’re right.

The truth is you’re going to be wrong in life more times than you’re right, so you better get used it.

Practice being wrong.

Expect you’ll be wrong.

Be excited when you’re wrong.

“On the other side of being wrong is being right and that will lead you to something much bigger and better than you could have ever hoped for”

The challenge we all face is trying to be right.

That idea leads to perfection and you’ll never reach that goal no matter how hard you try. Perfection is where you forget you’re human. By our very nature as a species, we’re flawed, wrong, fucked up, emotional and destined to die.

I’m not trying to be Debbie Downer I just want you to get used to being wrong and understand it’s in your DNA. When you plan to be wrong and expect it, you think about failure and set up your strategy for life differently.

The revelation: stacking the odds.

If you look at the statistical view of being wrong, and you see that the odds are stacked against you, a revelation will occur:

“All you need to do is be right a fraction of the time to win the game of life”

Winning becomes about only needing to be right (successful) every so often. The road to achieving your goals looks a lot different when you expect to be wrong.

Admit when you’re wrong.

Admitting to yourself you’re wrong is one level of the game; admitting to everyone else when you’re wrong is much harder.

I’ve found that by telling people I’m wrong when I am, I get the following benefits:

  • People respect me more
  • I have less shame about being wrong
  • I don’t try and hide when I’m wrong anymore
  • I celebrate when I’m wrong
  • I accept the gift of being wrong and accept the learnings

The weakest thing you can do is try to pretend you’re right when you know you’re not. Join ‘The Wrong Club’ that we were all born into and start wearing it with a sense of pride.

Where to from here?

Wear a t-shirt that says you’re going to be wrong today. Have the “wrong talk” with your romantic partner when your fortune telling skills are proven to be non-existent.

Hi-five your brother or sister from another mother when you’re wrong.

Add up your wrongs on a scorecard and see that each wrong carries a diamond in the form of learnings and knowledge.

Tell people when you’re wrong. It’s good for business and for life.

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20 Ways You Can Become a Powerful Communicator

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Emile Steenveld Speaker and Coach

Some people seem to naturally know how to effectively communicate in a group setting. They can express themselves clearly and listen attentively without dominating the conversation.

Being a powerful communicator is important for several reasons, including building and maintaining relationships, achieving goals, resolving conflicts, improving productivity, leading and influencing others, advancing in your career, expressing yourself more confidently and authentically, and improving your mental and emotional well-being. Effective communication is an essential life skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your life.

But, don’t worry if you don’t naturally possess this skill, as effective communication is something that can be developed with practice, planning and preparation.
 

1.  Listen actively: Practice active listening by giving your full attention to the speaker and responding to what they are saying.

 

2. Use “I” statements: Speak from your own perspective and avoid placing blame or making accusations.

 

3. Avoid assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling.

 

4. Be clear: Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and concisely by getting to the point and avoid using jargon or overly complex language.

 

5. Show empathy: Show that you understand and care about the other person’s feelings.

 

6. Offer valuable insights: When speaking in a group, provide a valuable takeaway or actionable item that people can walk away with.

 

7. Be an active listener: Listen attentively and respond accordingly, incorporating your points into the conversation.

 

8. Choose the right time: Pick the most opportune time to speak to ensure that you have the group’s attention and can deliver your message without interruption.

 

9. Be the unifying voice: Step in and unify the group’s thoughts to calm down the discussion and insert your point effectively.

 

10. Keep responses concise: Keep responses short and to the point to show respect for others’ time.

 

11. Avoid unnecessary comments: Avoid commenting on everything and only speak when you have something important to say.

 

12. Cut the fluff: Avoid being long-winded and get straight to the point.

 

13. Prepare ahead of time: Sort out your points and practice them before speaking in a group.

 

14. Smile and be positive: Smile and nod along as others speak, to build a positive relationship and be respected when it’s your turn to speak.

 

15. Take responsibility: Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings.

 

16. Ask questions: Ask questions to clarify any confusion or misunderstandings.

 

17. Avoid interrupting: Allow the other person to finish speaking without interruption.

 

18. Practice active listening: Repeat what the other person said to ensure you have understood correctly.

 

19. Use your body language too: Use nonverbal cues such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language to convey your message and build rapport.

 

20. Be aware of the tone of your voice: it should be calm and assertive, not aggressive or passive.

 

By keeping these tips in mind, you can improve your communication skills and become a more powerful communicator, which can help you build better relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a more fulfilling life.

I you want to learn how to become more confident in life then you can join my weekly mentorship calls and 40+ online workshops at AweBliss.com so you can master your life with more success.

 
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