What Kind of ‘Glass Person’ Are You?
In your outlook on things, are you a glass half empty or glass half full kind of person?
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Do you view things skeptically and pessimistically (half-empty glass) or hopefully and optimistically (half-full glass)? There’s nothing inherently wrong with having either one of these character traits. However, the kind of “glass person” you are definitely will color your view of the world around you. This will, in turn, affect the plans and decisions you make, and the actions you take in both your personal and professional life.
People who interact with one another and have opposing “glass styles,” may often find themselves somewhat frustrated. This is because they want to reach some sort of agreement but are having a hard time doing so due to coming at an issue from their different “glass” perspectives.
It may be a married couple trying to decide whether to buy or to rent. Or it could be business associates whose boss has told them to come up with a plan on how best to deal with a complex negotiation with a very valuable client. The fact is, it could be any of a multitude of potentially contentious issues that may arise and must be sorted out to some level of satisfaction.
On the other hand, two people who have the same “glass style” face the likelihood that they’ll be too quick to agree on a course of action, without having objectively considered the key pros and cons. Thus, any decision they reach together has a good chance of being flawed, and will probably not result in the success they were hoping for.
Having different points of view thrown into the mix is healthy, as long as it doesn’t result in a stalemate where nothing productive gets done in the end. How many times have you seen this happen? It generally leads to a high level of frustration and sometimes even angry feelings among the parties involved.
While it may seem counter-intuitive, a “glass half empty” person and a “glass half full” person working together probably have the best chance of coming up with something that’s reasonably balanced after proper consideration of all the relevant pros and cons. Any factors that would increase the overall chances of achieving success would make the final decision cut and then be incorporated into the planning and execution phases.
Of course, there still will be some contentious issues along the way, and therefore the two “glasses” must be willing to compromise as needed.
In doing so, they can come together in the end as one “full glass” and celebrate their success. And we certainly can all drink to that!
Thanks for reading. (Copyright Terry Mansfield. All rights reserved.)
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