What a week, What a week. I now have a toolbox with old tools that have been cleaned and polished, I also added quite a few new tools that I now refer to as MY TOOLS.
This week I’ve been prepping for a networking event for local business owners to come together. Meet new people, exchange ideas, have conversations and get out of the normal day to day things we do. I hosted a meeting called Lunch and Learn, this event was an event to come eat lunch while learning from a few members.
I had 21 people RSVP, eight of them showed. I was a little disappointed because I wouldn’t be able to serve them and give them value. So I focused on the people who attended, gave them my 100%.
The first two people to show up were men with big egos, I kept my smile and composure. These two individuals challenged me in so many ways. They were being very rude and aggressive. The questions they were throwing at me were a reflection of who they are, they were even ignoring me while I answered them. I kept on, brushed them off and didn’t let their negativity phase me.
My goal was to bring value to my community and I stuck with it. The meeting begins, I open the event with a big smile, Thanked everyone for showing up. I had everyone introduce themselves and what they did. It started off fantastic and everyone was on a roll, making new contacts. My speakers did a fantastic job during their presentations. Everyone ate while learning, and everyone left with take aways.
The tools that helped me were this; during the rude and aggressive behaviors of the two men. I could have participated and responded with defensive answers, that would have come from a negative place. The tools I have learned from Master Keys kicked in. All I could see was kindness in them, and this allowed me to have compassion for them. I was able to keep my cool and I allowed their negativity to roll off me.
At the end the two gentlemen approached me now with gratitude. Their whole perception, body language, attitude and aggressive behavior was gone. The tools that I now have, I will be able to approach life differently regardless of the situation. I am very proud of myself for being me, I have changed from the man I was just a few short months ago. ” I will live this day as if it was my last” OG Mandino.