Throughout our lives and careers, there are those people that cross our paths who are challenging. That is the price we pay for leading active lives, engaged in life. Unless you live alone in the woods, or with little human contact, you will encounter people who are prickly, difficult, challenging, irritating, frustrating, infuriating. There will always be those whose temperaments, habits, and flaws chafe with your own. Whether you want them to or not, these people find themselves in the fabric of your life and it’s up to you to find ways to manage the headaches, heartbreaks, chaos, and stress they create for you (and potentially others). The ideas found in this little online book can help you withstand those difficult relationships without going crazy or over-compromising.
There are many, many ways to ground yourself in the midst of conflict. Some turn to their faith, others meditate, engage in sports, or read. Whatever your activity, it’s important to know what tools work for you—and commit to them. They form the basis of your practice. Sometimes you may regard these tools are mere activities or ways to pass the time. Please do not make that mistake. Instead, trust that how you spend your time, how you choose to ground yourself provides a frame for and influences how you filter information and make meaning of your life.
Sometime soon, maybe even today, you’ll meet someone who disrupts your plans and unsettles your emotions. When this happens, consider the ideas laid out here as potential instructions for handling challenging interpersonal relationships. Managing the minor inconveniences and major stumbling blocks of daily life with less conflict is something we have to learn. With the right tools and instructions, anything is possible—even the daunting task of working with challenging people.
Why let someone else’s bad attitude ruin your day? The Little Book Of Dealing With Challenging People enables you with all the tools and tactics you need to handle all kinds of people—to make your life less stressful and a great deal easier.