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#WFH: Do You Believe Your Thoughts Are True?

First, we are all different people with different backgrounds, different thought processes, different cultures, social economic groups, ethnicities, genders, religions, etc. We are different from one another in many ways. We are all unique individuals. We have different points of view and different agendas to accomplish. Sometimes this can all come together very easily and sometimes because of these differences we disagree. Disagreements can lead to disorder.

When we are trying to communicate with an-other individual it is important to identify what emotions we are bring to the conversation. It helps to identify those feelings. Put a reason behind why we are feeling what we are feeling. Anchor ourselves in the present. Most of us have a difficult time get-ting in touch with our own emotions let alone having empathy for someone else. Being able to communicate effectively in a virtual environment with others starts with knowing and owning yourself.

My earlier book, The Pajama Effect, identified one of the biggest challenges of working in a virtual environment is that we are alone with ourselves. We can be our own best friend or worst enemy. It is almost entirely up to us. This is why learning to act with autonomy is so very important. Learning to slow those voices in our head down so that we can get a handle on what we are really saying to our-selves and what we are saying about others is imperative. We are programed to focus on the negatives in others. This goes back to the dinosaurs and has to do with the development of the brain and the survival instinct. It served us well then but it does not serve us well now.

We also have a tendency, because of the wiring in our brain’s circuitry, to believe what we have always believed, and think what we have always thought. Therefore, we run the same videos over and over in our heads and ruminate monologues again and again and again. It has to do with our neuro circuitry. This causes quick reactions. When we communicate virtually we need to take extra care that we are not reacting.

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