What do you picture when you hear the word? Yelling, fist fights, anger? The word itself has a negative connotation but that’s because of our perception. I have, of late, come to really appreciate the value of conflict because I have changed my perception of the word. To me, it’s not fighting. It’s being brave enough to weigh in on something (be it work or a personal relationship) when it may be against the grain. It’s about standing up for things that are important to you in a way that’s strong and conscientious of others. When I say conscientious of others, you keep certain standards. You maintain respectfulness and dignity for others while expressing what you need to say. People will listen more and you will feel lighter by expressing your truest self.