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June 13, 2012

The Value of Reframing

Reframing is used to alter the meaning of something. When you use reframing, you look for something positive in everything that happens, regardless of how bad it might seem initially. In every situation, you can learn something to help you grow. Reframing can work wonders and keep you in a positive state more often. To reframe, you need to:

  • Change the meaning from negative to positive.
  • Identify what you can learn.
  • Focus on the benefits to be gained.

For example, let’s say your manager tells you that you sometimes sound demanding and abrupt on the phone. People have mentioned this, and she has noticed it, too. Instead of feeling defensive and resentful, look for something good about it. In this example, this feedback can be used to help you temper your communication style to be more approachable and friendly. In this way, you can get along better with your team, peers and customers. You can change your negative response by reframing the situation and looking for the benefit.

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