When faced with a heated situation, I stay closely attuned to the warning signs my body sends me. I pay attention to my temperature and heart rate to keep a gauge on my ability for self-control.

Before I get past the point of reason, I take a moment to pause and take deep, calming breaths. Breathing helps me regain control of my body’s physical reaction to stress. Stopping before reacting saves me from losing my cool.

I assess my emotions with a mature and objective perspective. I review the situation in my mind, weighing the consequences of my choices. After consideration, I choose to rise above anger. This is the only way I can truly resolve an issue.

In situations where the other person is already out of control, I lay down my pride in the name of peace. I value peace more than being right. By putting others before myself, I avoid regret.

I refrain from taking offense to statements made in situations where tempers are flaring. I listen closely without making assumptions. I sincerely ask clarification questions to help me understand the other person’s point of view.

My good sense of humor and healthy self-image carry me through challenging situations with grace. I demonstrate what a mature person I am.

Today, I choose to effectively change a heated situation into a constructive exchange by thinking before I speak. By calming down and choosing my words wisely, I close the door on anger and embrace peaceful resolution.

Self-Reflection Questions:

  1. How can I avoid taking offense?
  2. Why should I stop, breathe, and listen before reacting?
  3. What can I do to keep myself from losing my cool during a heated situation?