Are you tired of making compromises about the things you really want in life? Have you ever noticed that when people strike a compromise, nobody gets what they want?
What if there were a way to agree on a solution where everyone could benefit?
When you have a difference of opinion with someone, it may seem that the easiest way to resolve the problem is to agree on a compromise. Both parties express what they want and then discuss how much each person needs to give up in order to reach an agreement. Compromise is based on the perception that there isn’t enough of something to go around, so you need to get as much as you can for yourself.
“Compromise is but the sacrifice of one right or good in the hope of retaining another–too often ending in the loss of both.” ~ Tryon Edwards
At the other end of the spectrum is negotiation. Negotiation is based on the belief that this is an abundant universe where there is more than enough for everyone. Creating solutions that everyone will be happy with is possible when you have a commitment to continue negotiating until everyone is completely satisfied.
Rather than giving up on something you want, perfecting the art of negotiation allows you to initiate discussions that open the door to new and exciting possibilities for mutual satisfaction. Once you believe that it’s possible for everyone to be satisfied–and that no compromise is necessary–you’ll have the confidence to stick with the process until it works.