ImageHappy Furry Friday! You may be keenly aware of what you want today and not at all hesitant about trying to get it. You may find your usually compromising nature may transition to one of intense willfulness. You may be so determined to get what you want, you could find yourself in the middle of multiple negotiations with others. Though your resolve is firm, you may have more luck in convincing others to see your point of view by first taking stock of your mind-set, the situation, and the needs of the people surrounding you. Consider that a forceful attitude may be less effective than a calm tone and a willingness to explore other points of view. Look at each new situation individually in order to logically determine how best to proceed.

Knowing yourself and what you want can make you a more effective negotiator. Often, we approach debates or disagreements – even with ourselves – in an emotional way, letting what we feel overshadow the point we’re trying to convey. Having a sense of where you stand on an issue before engaging in debate will help you determine how you can best approach negotiations. Different situations may call for different tactics, and it often serves us best to be logical rather than becoming too emotional when we engage in bargaining. Know what you want before you begin negotiating for it, and you’ll likely end up on the winner’s side. Enjoy your weekend!


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