Business meetings, job interviews, health care appointments, sales calls– these negotiations sometimes produce stress for most of us. Will I feel pressured? Will the outcome be positive?
Negotiation outcomes depend heavily upon the perspective that YOU bring to it. Why? Your perspective influences your behavior, emotions, and the energy you send out– including facial expression, body language and tone of voice. And these all influence the other people in the meeting– their perspectives and their reactions to you and your ideas.
So use your spirituality to improve your perspective and the outcome…for everyone. Acknowledge and embrace as a present fact that the divine Spirit is the only Mind in the room. Relate to this Spirit as Mind, the source of constructive thought. Your Mind, and the others’, too. As daughters and sons of this Mind, we each possess innate capacities to be just, equitable, intelligent, practical, reasonable, fair, considerate and loving. This divine Mind is in control of every consciousness, now, embracing each one in clear-headed intelligence and tangible love.
Stay with this spiritual practice for at least a minute or two. Do it often until your emotions and intentions about the negotiations and the people involved begin to feel more positive. If the meeting is off in the future, practice this daily, right up through the end of the meeting.
Mary Baker Eddy explains the effectiveness of this spiritual practice in her book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures:
“The understanding … that there is but one Mind or intelligence, begins at once to destroy the errors of mortal sense and to supply the truth of immortal sense.” (click to read this passage in context)
Let’s work together to bring this powerful divine energy to your next negotiation!
PS Here are two more ideas to practice from Science and Health. Just click to read…
on page 544
on page 276
Miles…this is really helpful! I had a negotiations meeting this week, and I tried to prepare myself with some similar ideas before I went in. The meeting went great!