Cut Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face vs. Good Horse Sense

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Real Estate Agent with DFW FINE PROPERTIES 0506509

When things get out of hand and you're feeling kind of mad, don't cut off your nose to spite your face. In a situation like this, things will get blurry because your brain is out of focus. The problem is still there, it may be staring at you right in the face, but whatever you do, don't cut off your nose to spite your face. According to Wikipedia, simply put, "don't engage in acts of anger or revenge that will hurt you more than it hurts anyone else; it's an expression used to describe a needlessly self-destructive over-reactive to a problem." 

Successful business owners persistently focus on what is important to their business, company or organization. To the self-employed, it's a challenge to separate business from personal; however, one must always drive for successful results and stay focused and committed to results without anger.

Use good common horse sense and use it to strengthen your sense of purpose: 1) Determine what results do you hope to achieve and what values do you believe in? 2) Is it really that important and what's the worst that can happen? 3) What's the best way to invest your time and energy and is this problem worth it? 4) Focus on results and not the problem. 5) Keep others informed and document everything. 6) An open mouth or bold written emails to the other party will get you into more trouble than its worth. 7) Check to see if your concerns about other people are accurate and keep your Broker (if you have one) informed. 8) Persistent use of horse sense to resolve differences and solve problems results in highly effective people who runs a great business ethically and professionally.

Finally, don't let those little hairs get your nose out of joint or allow those little imperfections about other people drive you crazy. Nobody is perfect; neither are you. Furthermore, nobody wants to do business with a nag, so don't cut your nose to spite your face or allow yourself to be pulled down by nagging issues. Put on a top performance, know your priorities and focus on results, persist in the face of difficulties, document, don't even try to prove somebody else is wrong while you're working on getting results.  Always do the right thing and focus on professionalism. Be in top shape to perform your best. The competition is fierce. BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE AND KEEP YOUR NOSE CLEAN.

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Gary Woltal
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Fun post Patricia and perfectly illustrated. ALWAYS count to ten with anger.

Jun 26, 2011 03:31 AM #1
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I'm chuckling Gary... "Always count to ten with anger." That's a good one!

Or if you're a person of faith, say ten  Our Fathers, ten Hail Mary's or whatever ten verses that keeps you focused.

Have a wonderful day :)

Jun 26, 2011 03:35 AM #2
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Kristine Ginsberg
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Patricia - so many times in anger I have "cut off my nose to spite my face" with a terrible outcome. Now I really try and practice restraint of tongue and pen. You can't take angry words back and there will always be a negative outcome! Thanks for the inspirational post and I love your pictures!

Jun 26, 2011 03:40 AM #3
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Hi Patricia - Really good reminder that it's best to have a little "cooling off" period before saying anything that will "cut off your nose to spite your face."  Fun photos!

Jun 26, 2011 03:44 AM #4
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I try to walk away before I say something I might regret.  I love how you presented this story.

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Patircia~

OH how you tell a story...and thanks for that!!!!!

Jun 26, 2011 04:43 AM #6
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Patricia,

I love your sentence, "nobody wants to do business with a nag".  I think forcusing on the perfection of someone gives you that 360 degree perspective, of "not sweating the small stuff".  From that lookout point it is ALL small stuff. A

Jun 26, 2011 07:30 AM #7
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Hey Patricia,  Great way of putting things.  Have a great day.

Jun 26, 2011 07:33 AM #8
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Kristine,

There are always lessons to learn. I'm still learning too! It's when you can admit to your failures that makes you a better person.

You're a GREAT person. Everyone in the RAIN knows that!

Have a beautiful Sunday :)

Jun 26, 2011 07:51 AM #9
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Judy,

It's easy to be reactive, especially because our livilhood is at stake. Practicing good horse sense makes perfect sense. Let problems drop by the wayside and take the high road.

Have a lovely day and keep smiling :)

Jun 26, 2011 07:54 AM #10
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Kathy,

It's not easy to do what you do, but it's the smartest thing to do. Practicing horse sense and not cutting our nose to spike our face is imerative if we want to survive and succeed.

Wishing you continued success :)

 

 

Jun 26, 2011 07:57 AM #11
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janeAnne,

I appreciate that you appreciate how I tell a story and make a point.

I wish you good things always :)

Jun 26, 2011 07:58 AM #12
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A,

Wiser words were never spoken! You summed up the post with the most gusto!

This must explain why you are such a success.

Admirations to you :)

Jun 26, 2011 08:00 AM #13
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Will,

All the very best to you too! Thanks for the compliment :)

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