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One Simple Way You Can Never Allow Anyone to “Push Your Buttons” Again

“How you treat me is Your Karma. How I react is Mine.”

This is honestly one piece of wisdom I lived far too many years without. I can look back now and laugh, but I really could have saved myself a lot of needless drama and frustration if I had always understood and applied this wisdom to my life.

It really is so true that we have to be aware how we are reacting when people push our buttons and aim to always respond in the best way possible.

Let’s be real, there are always going to be those people that have the ability to push our buttons. People will do and say things that are totally inappropriate.  They will do things they never should have that can’t be justified — no matter how you look at them.

But, it finally dawned on me (after falling into the trap too many times to count) we are so much better off to just focus on how we are responding. What is your “highest and best” response? How can you avoid getting sucked into the negativity?

Now trust me, I get it that is often a lot easier said than done. I’ve lived long enough to see and be the recipient of a lot of bad behavior —

the boyfriend that cheats

the person that accuses you of something you didn’t do

the co-worker that sends you a rude e-mail — the list goes on and on.

People can really do and say some terrible things BUT

How You Respond Really Matters

Our peace of mind is really important and directly tied to how we feel and how we will be able to move through the day. We never want to allow people to take up precious space in our minds that we should be devoting to so many other things that are really important to us (i.e. family, goals, dreams, really living and experiencing the moment, etc.).

It’s like that great quote by Marcus Aurelius explains:

“Our anger or annoyance are more detrimental to us than the things themselves which anger or annoy us”.

And, that’s why our number one priority always needs to be to respond with our “highest and best response”. When we respond in this way, we keep our mind clear and free of distractions that will just weigh us down and hold us back.

The Possibility of Today

1.Commit Today to Your Highest and Best Response. Decide that you are going to always to keep it top of mind to respond in the absolute best way you can. No more letting other people interfere with your peace of mind and the good energy you have flowing.

2. Use the Time Gap and Catch Yourself. If a situation arises and you notice yourself getting worked up, use the time before you respond (the time gap) to take some deep breaths, calm down and remind yourself that it is in your best interest to respond with your “highest and best” response. Remind yourself how much you have to gain by not getting sucked into the negativity.

3. Give Yourself Credit. During and after the situation passes, give yourself credit for not allowing your negative emotions to take over. There are a lot of people who are unable to respond calmly and you should feel good that you haven’t also fallen into the trap. You should feel great that you have prioritized your peace of mind and not allowed someone else’s issue to weigh you down and work against you.

Live Today Better than Yesterday.

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