"You have limited time and energy, so you need to determine what your top two priorities are at any given moment.
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Saying things like 'I understand why you'd feel that way...' or 'Anyone would feel like that in the same situation' validates the other person's emotions and completely disarm...
Go back to the concept of talking with someone rather than talking to someone.
It can help keep the other person cool, which pretty much always means you've won the argument.
The key to successful persuasion is to show how and why something matters in relation to that person's life and experience.
It's is the practice of controlling distractions, being present in the moment, finding flow, and maximizing focus, so you can create a life of choice, around things that are important to you.
It is the ability to recognize when your attention is being stolen (or has the potential to be stolen) and to instead keep it focused on the activities you choose.
Attention management offers a deliberate approach that puts you back in control, by managing both external and internal factors.
Practicing attention management means fighting back against the distractions and creating opportunities throughout your day to support your priorities.
Life is best lived with drive and clarity. Our goals provide us with a navigating compass, helping us decide where to put our precious resources like time and money.
Having a life plan makes one get past the distractions and focus on what matters.Set aside an hour to do this planning exercise:
Looking through the most important goals, find the common thread and draft a plan of action for your life, a compelling Mission Statement, taking as much time as you want. Let it sit there for a few days and do not think about it.
Review the statement after a few days, see if it carries the magic that can be a guiding torch of your life, making any changes if required.
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