There is nothing more gratifying than living a life that is free from guilt. Living an optimal life emotionally is rewarding and filled with more joy.
The easiest way to live a guilt-free lifestyle is through mastering communication skills. We are all going to mess up. It’s always a learning process. Sometimes we just do or we say the wrong thing or we let people down. Everyone makes mistakes, and no one is exempt from dropping the ball at least once in a while.
That being said, having excellent communication skills is a great intervention when things go wrong. Being able to communicate facts and emotions clearly with no hidden agendas or ulterior motives is a best practice.
Here are top three communication skills that will help maintain a guilt-free lifestyle:
Practicing honesty from the beginning is the best way to keep communication clear and open. Honesty doesn’t mean being blunt or overbearing. Communicating information – both easy and difficult to hear – in an honest way can be done with delicacy if needed. Being committed to being honest to preserve the integrity of a relationship is a win-win situation. The commitment to honesty makes it easy to tackle tough topics if needed and rise up if something difficult comes up.
Use active listening.
Active listening is a technique where the listener rephrases what they heard and confirms that what was heard was the intent being said. Active listening is an excellent way to speak and be heard clearly. Active listening allows for the conversation to be clarified and if needed, re-framed. Using active listening reduces misunderstandings and leaves little chance for hurt feelings.
Work in good faith.
Being in a relationship with others with sincere motives and judgement-free thinking is a mature communication style. Operating in good faith removes game playing and puts understanding and being understood front and center. Having an agreement that all parties will work in good faith increases trust and builds stronger relationships. Being committed to the good will help make it easier to be up front, to the point, and clear. Knowing that everyone involved wants what is best for all puts the emphasis where it should be when sharing information.
Removing the odds that guilt will creep into your relationships makes it more likely that you will not have to worry about guilt being a factor. Using high-quality communication techniques reduces the chances of poor communication and makes living a guilt-free lifestyle purposeful and possible.