Where and how did we learn this one?
This mandate to not make waves – to not disturb the peace at any cost to ourselves?
How many times have you tolerated rudeness or unkindness in others in order to keep things cool?
Ever find yourself smiling at back-handed nasty comments as if they were funny, stuffing down your own revulsion or anger at inappropriate behavior in order not to rock the boat?
At what cost?
DANCE WITH IT! EXPERIENTIAL APPS
An opportunity to experiment with some fun ideas...
WORRIED ABOUT ROCKING THE BOAT? TRY THIS ONE OUT:
I. Think about your last ‘don’t rock the boat’ situation.
Are you happy with the way you handled things?
How did you feel when it was over?
II. Now imagine yourself back in the same situation.
This time try out 3 different styles of response:
§ Gentle and sweet
§ Harsh and tough
§ Someplace in the middle that fits your personal M.O.
III. Now imagine the possible outcomes of your responses.
§ Best case scenario
§ Worst case scenario
§ Probable outcome
Remember: Access your wonderful sense of humor and exaggerate to your heart’s content! The more fun you have trying all this, the more powerful the shift for you!
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