Successful are the Forgiving – They Build Bridges for a Strong Foundation!
Forgiveness is the most under-appreciated practice, so much so that most see it as weakness. To forgive is to give in, right? It means MY voice isn’t heard, my interests are being stomped on and I LOSE. Nobody likes losing, for sure, but what if hidden inside the act of forgiving is an unexpected WIN?
See, the act of forgiving frees the forgiver from being held hostage by grudges & regret. Grudges turn us into grumpy curmudgeons while regret is the wet cement we trudge through that eventually hardens into hopelessness. Then we’re stuck!
In business, our hearts & minds must be light on their feet, nimble and flexible, able to adjust, flex and adapt to whatever comes our way, expected or unexpected, good or bad. Bitterness, the opposite of forgiveness, drags us down with negative thoughts that prevent growth and forward motion.
But the hidden WIN that awaits the forgiver is VISION! Vision is blackened and utterly stifled when it’s bound by the chains of anger & even hatred, which lack of forgiveness inevitably foments. Some might say that anger motivates them, like fuel to a fire; but Business Beatitudes says it’s a very short-lived motivation. Building success on bitterness is a house built on sand; plus it’s exhausting and unsustainable.
BB suggests a little exercise. List 3 people you need to forgive, personal or business-related. Say “I forgive you.” OUT LOUD. Doesn’t need to said to them. It’s about YOU learning to forgive.