How do we transform our opponents into our partners?

“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” -Nelson Mandela

One Voice at a Time

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how we approach opposing voices. Opposition comes in all shapes and sizes, with varying degrees of power and influence, sometimes grounded in authority structures, laws, policies or procedures and other times in popular influence, mass movements of like-minded individuals, or the worst one – mass apathy. But there is usually one basic thing opponents have in common. They stand in our way. Through their action or inaction, they prevent us from reaching our goals, advancing our ideas, and/or achieving our success. They are an obstacle.

But why do we so often focus on pushing past our opponents or wining them over? Why don’t we instead focus more often on the obstacle they represent, and in doing so work to transform these relationships of opposition into partnerships? How much do we think about the roles of collaboration and partnership, not just with like-minds but…

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About Annika Voelpel

* former director of health & fitness programs at the sutton place hotel * former head therapist of duquette strength clinic * entering 10th year as a professional trainer * registered kinesiologist and active-rehabilitation specialist * level 1 track & field, gymnastics, dance, and aquatics coach * certified in the postural reprogramming system (PRS) * certified pilates instructor and acupressure massage practitioner * sports nutrition and healthy-cooking expert * seminar speaker and former presenter at the global youth assembly * former national level gymnast and competitive dancer * former varsity track and field competitor * experienced fitness model
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