My goal as a peacemaker is to help resolve conflicts the black belt way – quickly and efficiently, with respect and with the least possible amount of damage to everybody involved.
No, I don’t propose you just hit the other guy.
This blog looks at conflict resolution through a different lens. Drawing from martial arts concepts, psychological research, and humanistic philosophies, my main intention is to encourage you to reflect and create a deeper understanding of human nature, so that you’re able to act effectively – even in the midst of a tense, emotional and contentious situation when you really just want to (ahem) hit the other guy.
A wise person said: “We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training.” That’s why we continue to learn new things, and we practice and review what we know, over and over again, from every possible angle – so that when the time comes we are ready to apply what we know naturally, without hesitation or major blunders.
Infusing martial arts principles into the process of peaceful conflict resolution may seem counter-intuitive at first glance. However, as you are reading this blog, you’ll discover that the synergies are endless. In addition, introducing an off-beat perspective, some new visuals and different analogies always helps me re-engage different parts of my brain for more creative and productive problem-solving. I invite you to see if it works for you as well.
Ready to take a fresh approach the next time you’re locking horns with someone?