The Law of Compassion
There are so many scenarios in our lives and businesses where we are challenged.
This could be in the technology – just not knowing how to get a certain app to work, trying to navigate the new Facebook algorithms, not understanding how cash flow works or how to get in front of your dream customers, chasing payments, feeling alone or isolated growing your business, feeling frustrated that you can’t find the right team members or struggling to communicate with the ones you have. The list of challenges that businesses face is as long a list as you’d like it to be.
In each situation, we have a choice whether we want to act compassionately or not. In today’s blog, I’ll be sharing some suggestions of how you can view situations with more compassion to help you create a business and life that flow’s and is more joyful!
Let’s look at how we can make every situation an opportunity for practicing the Law of Compassion.
‘My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.’ – Maya Angelou
Bringing more compassion into your business
- Revise & Balance – If you’ve received an email that was not what you were expecting, let’s say someone has been disappointed by one of your products and is demanding a refund, (I saw a story play out online last week where someone had purchased a course, had taken half the course then decided they wanted a full refund as they didn’t like the course environment, there were a series of back and forth responses on this person’s Facebook business page, while both parties battled to prove that they were right) I’m not going to say that ‘the customers always right’ but I would suggest taking a break in a heated situation, make yourself a cup of tea, relax (even for 5 minutes), center yourself before responding.
2. Show Compassion – It’s important for us all to speak our truth while remembering that our truth is just that, our truth – it doesn’t mean that it is true to others. For example you may have a client who has been rushing to get to a meeting with you all morning, jumps in a Taxi and gets stuck waiting behind a bus, she starts to panic and really doesn’t want to be late but it’s already 20 minutes past the time, she thinks she’ll be with you any minute so doesn’t call, plus her batteries low and she’s not sure on exactly where the meeting place is?
On your side you’re waiting and have no idea if the client will be coming. You phoned but it goes straight through to answerphone.
We’ve all been there either the one waiting or the one who’s late, compassion is not about ignoring the lateness completely because things do happen, but it is about acknowledging the situation and communicating with them at a time that feels right that the scenario doesn’t work for you.
3. Act from your place of Love and Understanding – Being compassionate is not just about seeing things from the other person’s perspective, but seeing it from your own as well – it’s perfectly fine to communicate your boundaries and let them know the best way to communicate delays with you, for example ‘I understand that you got stuck in traffic, however in the future, if you know you’re going to be late, please let me know as soon as possible so I know you’re still on your way’ – this is just an example, don’t make out ‘everything is okay’ to avoid any conflict as this could provide an opportunity for both of you to learn and grow.
These suggestions can be transferred to showing compassion for others, for technology and yourself, revise & balance, show compassion then act from your place of love and understanding.
Finally, I’d like to end with this quote:
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” ― Wendy Mass
Did you find this useful? Do you have any tips for showing more Compassion in your life and business?
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