A lot of people are afraid of conflict. I'm not, really, because I grew up in the kind of family that was open about conflict when it arose and was able to work through it in, for the most part, transformative ways.
What I've learned from being the member of a family like this is that conflict is an aspect of life that we can't avoid and pretending like it isn't is much worse than addressing it.
People often believe in the myth that the best relationships—either in personal or work contexts—don't have conflict, but they shouldn't.
The best relationships are like ever other relationships, in that they do have conflict. What makes them different and better, however, is the proactive ways they navigate the conflicts they encouter.
What matters most when it comes to conflict is that we acknowledge that it is unavoidable, and from there, commit to developing tactics and values that help us negotiage it well.
Because it's this approach to conflict that shapes the best relationships.
Are you afraid of conflict? Do you try to cover it up as soon as it starts to show itself? Try not to let that happen. You'll be surprised what positive transformation occurs when you walk through conflict well.