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Pausing To Prevent Reactions

Pausing To Prevent Reactions

We must pause for however long it takes and prevent immediate actions based on internal reactions. We can watch the urge to act irrationally arise, breathe, and then let it go away.

If necessary excuse yourself and return to the issue only when you’re confident you can respond and not react.

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Being Mindful To Prevent Reactions

To be mindful, pay close attention to how your mind reacts. It means watching yourself when something happens that might normally trigger some kind of emotional reaction.

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Responding

Consider what the most intelligent and compassionate response might be. What can we do that will help our relationship, teach, build a better team or partnership, make the situation better, calm everyone down, including ourselves? 

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Response And Reaction

A reaction is a thoughtless action often based on emotions, and it’s not the most rational or appropriate way to act. 

Responding, on the other hand, is taking the situation in, and deciding the best course of action based on values such as reason, compassion, cooperation, etc.

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Preventing Reactions
  • Am I reacting? Simply asking yourself that question can ground you and give you a quick mental break to perhaps choose differently.
  • You react when you think you don’t have any other option. When you realize that you always have choices, you can remember to consider them and the consequences they bring before moving forward.
  • Always consider the context – what is happening and how the next step will best serve you, the organization and everyone involved.

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Befriending yourself

From a young age, we learn how to be a good friend to others. We learn how to share and to treat others how we want to be treated.

Yet, many of us don't receive guidance on how to treat ourselves with kindness. We might even believe that being kind towards ourselves is self-indulgent or weak.

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Guiding The Unconscious Mind

You can work with the unconscious to unearth its associations and align them more closely with your values and goals. Doing so, you can tap all the power the unconscious has to offer.

Pause whenever you feel yourself about to react. Take a deep breath, step back and give yourself the opportunity to respond.

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