Despite common misconception, everybody can win.
One of the paramount skills in achieving success in whatever ways you define it is the ability to create win-win situations. That is, to identify a way for a situation to be resolved in a way that meets the needs of everyone involved, and then to choose it.
The myth at the heart of all conflict is that one party has to lose in order for the other party to win. To playground scuffles to lover’s spats to world wars, this Win/Lose mentality is at the core. And it is a total fallacy.
The nature of the universe is infinite abundance. Not only is there enough of everything for everybody; there is more than enough.
To locate the Win-Win solution to any situation, identify the needs underlying the conflict. It may be (and is probably so) that a possibility not yet considered can satisfy one or both parties’ needs just as well as the path or outcome the party has been fighting for.
The Art of the Win/Win is not to be confused with the act of compromise. Compromise implies giving up something yourself in order for another person to gain. Identifying your core needs beneath your requests and demands frees you to allow more options into your realm of possibility. Invariably an option exists that will satisfy the other person’s needs without sacrificing any of yours.
A dedication to the pursuit of Win-Win Situations is noticeable. It makes a person stand out, and in all the right ways. People pick up on it when someone shows is committed to other people’s needs as much as (though not more than) their own. People appreciate that, and they respect it.
The “end result” is that a Win/Win situation triggers a chain reaction of further Win/Wins, in contrast to Win/Lose situations which leave you back at square one with each new challenge; every victory but a doorway into yet another battle.
Since money seems to be such a common symbol of Winning, let’s look at those people we perceive as the grand Winners: the Rich. The difference between a happy rich person and an unhappy rich person (or, put another way: a rich person and a wealthy person) may be whether or not that person lived by a code of Win/Lose or one of Win/Win.
A person committed to achieving their visions of success at the expense of others suffers for it in loneliness and lovelessness. The person who raises others up along with him by his choices is the true winner.
The concept of the Win-Win situation is used regularly and to great effect in the worlds of business and politics. They can be put to equally effective use in your home, family, and relationships. They will add fuel to the achievement of your goals and desires. And they will make for a happier and more peaceful environment, outside and in.