Take The High Road
June 2, 2015
You have undoubtedly heard the term "Take The High Road" ... today in Success Tips, we explain why "taking the high road" is always the best choice for your success and career. While we always see many roads being taken by various people in various situations, the high road seems to offer the biggest benefits.
Taking the high road means operating with the greatest amount of character in everything you do, being upfront, and having empathy toward others. In short, High Roaders like to follow the golden rule; they do unto others as they would have others do unto them, regardless of how they may feel they have been "wronged" or "slighted." Someone who is walking the high road will listen and walk in the shoes of others before adopting a course of action. They do not operate from emotion, but from how to treat people properly.
PEOPLE WANT TO WORK WITH HIGH-ROAD TRAVELERS
All you truly have in business and career is your reputation, and that reputation is largely public. Like it or not, all of your coworkers have sized you up as someone who can be counted on, someone who can be trusted, someone who can accomplish what needs to happen. Likewise, if your reputation is the opposite, coworkers will know this as well. Reputation in how you deal in situations follows you.
People want to work with other people who can be trusted, who will have their back, who have character and who can get a job done. Do you fall into this category?
HIGH ROAD REQUIRES MORE EFFORT
Circumstances never MAKE the person, they REVEAL them. Being on the high road means it will take more effort. But the rewards are bigger. You gather a larger circle of people who see who is revealed when you go through trying circumstances.
It is not "easy" to put yourself into someone else's shoes, or see someone's point of view by coming from their side of the argument, but is something that is very, very helpful when dealing with others.
If you are ever in a negotiation or having trouble connecting with someone else, put yourself in their shoes. Make the argument from THEIR point of view, as if you were them and you were facing you. What an amazingly eye opening experience.
HIGH ROAD HAS BETTER SCENERY
From the high road, you see so much more. Rather than simply seeing or reinforcing your OWN point of view, you see the world from ALL points of view, and suddenly the view is much different, much more expansive, much more open and beautiful. Immediately you grow and advance to the next level of learning.
The high road not only has better scenery, but it has better and clearer air. Once you are on the high road, you are more in line with your personal purpose. You become on purpose, and someone who is operating on purpose is far more successful than someone who is off purpose.
In all things you do, treat people like you would like to be treated. Take the high road. Open your mind and see all points of view. You will reap rewards and success in all things you do for the rest of your life.