Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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Come to think of it, we can describe much of our lives in simple line graphs.
For example, our height:
And when we fall asleep:
Which means this line graph is all over the place:
At least family life remains consistent (after our teens):
When it comes to drinking, the line graph gets a little more colorful:
And when we examine our blood pressure over the years, it’s spike after spike:
Plus, our careers also take a toll:
That’s why, when life gets too crazy, we need to curl up with a sure thing:
Children’s programming always lightens the mood too:
Even at our lowest, may we never do this (except once):
Still, plenty of life’s greatest truths have no timeline at all.
What’s true happiness?
Let’s try again.
This is the time of year when many of us find ourselves stressed and dealing with people who push our buttons whether on purpose or by accident.
Buttons are those areas that when touched on by someone in the course of communication, make us react. Some are bigger buttons than others but everyone has them and we all need tools for handling the communication when those buttons are approached or pushed.
I have come up with 10 Super Simple Tools you can use at a moment’s notice that will put you in control of these situations when they occur. Take these tools and practice with them. Then put them into your communication tool belt and go have some fun!
1. Understand that your buttons are your buttons.
2. Learn to steer the conversation away from sensitive subjects or areas.
3. Educate the people close to you what your buttons are and find out theirs.
4. If something has really upset you, go somewhere quiet and regroup.
5. Understand that a person’s hurtful comments have nothing to do with you.
6. Understand that certain relationships have buttons in common and need extra care and consideration.
7. Recognize that another’s behavior may be the result of limiting beliefs, prejudices, opinions and generalizations.
8. Stay away from the universal buttons!
Do not invalidate a person or his or her beliefs and do not allow someone to invalidate yours.
Do not tell a person what to think about himself or herself and do not allow someone to do that to you.
When a person says something to you, don’t ignore them.
Do not interrupt people when they are talking.