Why is it so easy to be stubborn?

Does anyone have a good answer to this question? I would consider paying money to get one.

So often I find myself sporting the unattractive accessory known as stubbornness. I want what I want because I think it’s best. There isn’t a chance that the suggestions others bring up will come close to being as smart or efficient as my idea. Ha. I know I’m fooling myself when I think these thoughts. Unfortunately, what I know does not always transfer over into how I act.

I will say that I have identified my stubbornness as an issue that I need to pay attention to. Also, I believe there is a positive equivalent to the word stubborn. This quote from Jeb Bush adequately conveys my feelings on that, “There’s a fine line between stubbornness and the positive side of that, which is dogged determination.” I am actively working on placing myself on the right side of that line.

If you are willing, please share some of your stories about this topic in the comments.

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One Response to Why is it so easy to be stubborn?

  1. I can relate, as I’m sure many others will as well. I have worked hard to keep myself small in my own eyes and the needs of others a greater priority. I remember a time I was struggling in an area and it seemed like it was a problem I had dealt with repeatedly. In my frustration, i said, “God, why is it that I have to go through this issue over and over again?!” Immediately, the first word that jumped into my thoughts was, “Selfishness.” This was not exactly what I had hoped to hear. However, when I looked carefully at my circumstances I became aware that this was a key ingredient, and so I needed to deal with it and work to change my attitude and my triggered response. For me it was a good answer, and in the long run I was glad I had found it. I pray your answer brings you the same satisfaction.

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