The holiday season can be packed with pressure. How can you rise above it and excel under pressure both personally and professionally?

You need to adhere to the Diamond Rule. A diamond symbolizes the best approach to achieving prosperity. Acting in accordance with the Diamond Rule is the next evolution of managing relationships. It’s the 4.0 version. Let’s look at 1.0, 2.0, and the 3.0 versions for background:

1.0 – The Silver Rule is “do no harm.” As stated by Zigong, a disciple of Confucius, in the book Analects, “What I do not wish others to do unto me, I also wish not to do unto others.”
Challenge – Silver is not prescriptive.

2.0 – The Golden Rule has become [no pun intended] the gold standard of human dynamics. The Golden Rule is simply “treating others the way you would like to be treated.”
Challenge – Not everyone is like you.

3.0 – The Platinum Rule was popularized by Dr. Tony Alessandra in 1996. It simply is “treating others the way that they want to be treated.”
Challenge – Focusing on others neglects how we are feeling and reacting to a situation.

The Diamond Rule is “the art of managing yourself under pressure and addressing the needs of others to avoid their triggers.” It is rooted in understanding our behavioral style and the style of others.