Why We All Need a Lesson in Conflict Resolution

“There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

proverbs 12:18

Raise your hand if you love conflict! OK, we can’t actually see through your screen but we can imagine that your hand is still resting on your computer or phone. It’s highly likely that conflict doesn’t make it on many lists of favorite things to go through. Kind of like the flu or filing your tax return last-minute (by the way, those are due next month!), conflict is something many of us do everything in our power to avoid.

Even if you’re someone who’s competitive and likes a little “friction” in your day, conflict is a whole other ballgame that we tend to think just seems better left ignored. Merriam Webster defines conflict as a “fight, battle, or war” and “competitive or opposing action of incompatibles : antagonistic state or action (as of divergent ideas, interests, or persons).” (source) Do either one of those sound enjoyable? Not likely.

Is there such a thing as good conflict? Of course. Like many uncomfortable things in life, there is a time and place for a healthy version of that discomfort, but what we want to focus on this month is how to navigate conflict resolution, whether that’s at work or in your personal life. What can conflict look like? Can you stand up for yourself in a conflict without losing your credibility or even your job? What if you can’t come to a resolution with someone?

By the end of this month, we hope you feel more equipped to look conflict in the eye with squared shoulders instead shying away and letting a toxic situation continue. There are some incredible 4word women that will be speaking into you each week, so be sure to check in every Monday to learn how to resolve conflict with “the tongue of the wise.”