Question for Meg:“I have to fire someone next week. It’s the one part of my job that just crushes me when I have to do it. It’s incredibly stressful. Any advice?”
If you’re clear that firing this person is the correct thing to do, then the next thing to do is make sure you’re using the practice of posture and breath to stay as calm as you can while you’re taking the action.
Remember to slow down. When we’re uncomfortable we tend to rush to relieve the pressure. And when we rush, we tend to lose sight of our posture and breath and so loose our connection to inner calm that allows us to stay balanced in difficult situations.
No matter what you’re doing, you’ll do it with better balance and less regret if you’re aimed at staying as relaxed as you can. And this always means maintaining a primary focus on relaxing your body and allowing yourself to breath, while you’re doing whatever you’re doing, especially when you’re doing something that is emotionally challenging.
And keep in mind that just because this part of your job has “crushed” you in the past, it doesn’t mean it has to crush you in the future. Don’t let your prejudice dictate your present choices or limit your perspective about what’s possible in a difficult situation.
Stay open to the possibility of doing a really difficult thing with grace and dignity.
Read my Blog Post Firing Someone? Read This First.
Take good care : )
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