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Play Your Cards Right – 4 Questions That Will Move You From Tight-Ass To Triumphant

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We’ve all been there. The moment you’re triggered and ready to let loose with quite the epithet or snarky comeback, the need to rage against the machine, or the desire to shove your face with dark chocolate and down a shot of tequila faster than you can say, “I’ll have another and make it a double.”

But there is this sacred moment between your reaction and your response, that if you let it, it will transform your life and your experiences for the better.

There are 4 questions that just might save you a whole lotta hurt, avoid unintended consequences and help you win the game. Poker face required. Tequila shot still optional, but better with lime and a Grand Marnier floater.

Think of a challenging circumstance, a problematic person, a shaky situation or a difficult decision you happen to be currently wrestling with right now. You know that Joker I’m referring to!

Now, without overthinking it, answer the following questions and truly write down what comes to mind first.

With regard to my difficult scenario:

  1. What would calm do now? (Defining calm as unruffled, unperturbed, and the absence of hot air/wind. Thank you Webster’s!)
  2. What would grace do now? (Defining grace as honoring someone or something with your presence – with the goal of strengthening the situation.)
  3. What would wisdom do now? (Defining wisdom as applied understanding. i.e. Now that you know better, how are you going to act better?)
  4. What’s my ideal response if my sincerest intent is to help, not hurt? [/message] [su_spacer]

Feel your body relaxing? Your butt muscles unclenching? Your shoulders dropping? Your chest expanding and your gut no longer spasm-ing?

(Or the tequila is starting to kick-in.)

It’s easy to react. It’s far more brilliant to play your cards (i.e respond)… thoughtfully.

Ante up!

AmyK Hutchenshttp://www.amyk.com/blog/
A former executive of a billion-dollar global consumer products company and awarded the Vistage UK, International Speaker of the Year, AmyK is a dynamic, energetic catalyst for driving businesses forward faster. With 100+ presentations per year, AmyK travels the globe sharing with executives, influencers and go-getters HOW to confidently & competently navigate their toughest conversations without saying something they regret, giving their power away or damaging their relationships. With humor, insight and experience she engages and inspires audiences to master the The Power of Profitable Conversations. Learn more about AmyK at www.amyk.com. Follow AmyK on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at @AmyKHutchens.

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