You are valuable no matter what your plight is in life. Thus, to recognize your value means to appreciate what you have, what you’re striving to obtain, and how doing so will be of benefit to others. Don’t let anyone devalue you, your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. They are not you and the only way you’ll fall prey to their disempowerment is for you to give them permission to disempower you per your value.
“Sunday Negotiation Insight”
“You Are Valuable”
In all aspects of your life, be it when you’re negotiating or not, you are valuable.
God gave me a gift today. What gift did he give to you?
Every day of our lives, we get gifts from the almighty. No matter what you call him or it (agnostics), all of us are endowed with gifts from the source of our being.
If you are mindful of the gifts that are bestowed upon you on a daily basis, you’ll be more mindful of what you should be grateful for. You’ll understand the value of life and how you add value to the lives of others. That value can come in the form of an insightful word you pass on to another. It can be in the form of an act of generosity given to someone that needs to hear your message or experience your presence, right at the most appropriate time in their life. It can be in the form of you doing nothing more than being reflected per the value you possess.
The point is, you are valuable, no matter what that level of value is. So, the very next time you look into the mirror, and hopefully for the rest of your life, when you see your reflection say, ‘Hello valuable person. You look good today!’ Then, go out and give your value to someone else. Show them that they’re valuable too. In so doing, you’ll make your environment and those in it a much better place … and everything will be right with the world.
What does this have to do with negotiations?
You have gifts that have been bestowed upon you from above. When you’re at the negotiation table, recognize those gifts for the value they add to the negotiation; the reason you’re at the negotiation table is because the opposing negotiator senses value in what you possess. Be grateful for the opportunity to be in the position you’re in. If you observe the exchanges, you’ll see value where otherwise none may have resided.
When negotiating with others, help them find their gifts and point them out. Let them know you appreciate the value they possess. Doing so will not detract from you or your opportunity to maximize the outcome of the negotiation. Quite the opposite, doing so will embolden you, which will make you a better negotiator … and everything will be right with the world.
Remember, you’re always negotiating!