You might look at anybody asking you to embrace your adversaries suspiciously. The reason for this is you have heard it repeatedly said that opponents should remain at arm’s length. It is true that relationships with your adversaries tend to be quite tense.
Here’s what you can do to restore it.
Reduce the Tension
You can change it by reducing the tension, which is what embracing the adversary means. Taking the step allows you to make a positive decision that will reflect in other areas of your life too. Importantly, it will set you on course for the success you wish to achieve.
One of the most popular TV programs is Survivor. Occasionally, participants are offered the chance of taking a friend to a dinner or lunch after winning a reward. Often, the winner opts to take a foe rather than a friend. The winners realize that rivals are crucial for their game plans.
Categorize Your Adversaries
It’s important for you to understand the category your adversaries belong to. Adversaries can be:
Life is a journey. In this journey, you need friends and foes alike. Friends have your back while rivals keep you on your toes. Foes ensure that you never have a moment’s piece. They keep you focused on staying ahead of the competition. In this regard, foes are crucial for your success.
Use Adversaries as Motivation to Innovate
Businesses understand the importance of competition. Some of the greatest innovations known to man have come about because entrepreneurs were forced to innovate. Without innovation, the competitors would have destroyed and buried some of the well-acclaimed entrepreneurs.
Adversaries can also be detrimental to your success through:
- casting a cloud of doubt over your abilities
- sapping energy
- stymieing progress
- distracting you from attaining your goals
Adversaries can emerge anywhere. Examples include:
- your colleagues at work who feel threatened and uncomfortable by your skills
- a superior at work who refuses to acknowledge any good idea you bring to the table
- a subordinate who never passes any opportunity he gets to undermine your leadership
Don’t Ignore the Issue, Face it Head on
Ignoring, sidestepping or attempting to contain your adversaries isn’t a good way of handling this problem. Your success depends on your ability to turn these adversaries into allies or collaborators. Your networks, positions, and careers will benefit greatly as a result.
So, are you still unwilling to learn how to embrace adversaries and use it as a tool to succeed? The hope is that you now have the information that can help you develop a strategy for fixing the relationship with your adversaries. Use the information to build a ladder that leads to success.
Until next time!