Competitors. Bosses. Peers. High performers on your team. Customers. They all know you have a glass jaw and all they have to do is throw a sucker punch to lay you out on the canvas.
More often than not, you likely dust yourself off, say “good punch!” and move on with life having suffered a small defeat. After a while, that approach is taxing and you build a personal brand of being a pushover. Once that happens, you become the favorite target of everyone who wants to gain an advantage.
If you want to change that dynamic, you have to change your approach. Every once in a while you need to throw a hay-maker of a punch right in the face of your opponent. I’m not talking about a defensive counter-punch here. I’m talking about a rear-back, throw everything you’ve got and try to drive their nose out the back of their head kind of punch. The kind of punch they never, ever forget. The kind of punch people talk about as the stuff of legend.
To clarify – I’m speaking metaphorically. No workplace violence, please.
I’m talking about going ballistic in a meeting. Or instead of simply threatening to talk to an attorney, serve a legal demand notice or file suit. You might choose to fire someone or tell a customer you’re no longer serving them. Perhaps it’s tendering your resignation. *That’s* the kind of punch I’m talking about here.