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Life Coach: How to Respond Versus React

Created: August 16, 2019 09:35 AM

As humans we are all quick to react in situations that trigger our emotions, but have you ever reacted in a way you regretted?  

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Life coach Pam Solberg-Tapper said a way to combat that is by responding instead of reacting.

She said it's common knowledge, but not always common practic.  There are three things you can do to help yourself respond instead of react. 

1. Pause

  • Take a breath and have restraint.
  • It deescalates that high tension feeling and chills you out.
  • Take a bigger pause and remove yourself from the situation if you need to. 

2. Plan a response in advance

  • Have something in your back pocket to be able to say.
  • Helps to be proactive in situations when you might have a disagreement.
  • Re-directs the situation.

3. Set a personal standard.

  • Decide how you want to show up.
  • Have a code of conduct.
  • Guides your response instead of reaction.

Click here to learn more about Pam Solberg-Tapper.

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