You don’t want to have another argument again. You just don’t. You don’t want to bicker, squabble or wrangle. You don’t want to be lassoed into another quarrel. But the other guy is dragging you into the boxing ring for another round. What to do?
Here are five sure-fire things to say to stop the dispute:
- You may be right. Ahh, how good does that sound to the other guy? It’s what they’re waiting to hear. Say it with feeling even if you don’t believe it.
- I’ll think about that. And I’m sure you will. Don’t ruminate (chew the mental cud too much) but maybe what they’re saying does have a molecule of validity.
- I hear you. Everyone likes to be heard. You can repeat what they said, too. What I hear you saying is that…and then say what they said. Even if it’s preposterous. Just say it.
- I’m doing the best I can. Nobody can argue with that. But are you? Maybe that’s not something to share with the other guy – but maybe you can share that with someone else. Are you really doing your best? Or is there something you can improve? Remember, we don’t have to share our weaknesses with everyone—only those we trust who won’t hold it against us. But we need to honestly do the work on ourselves.
- Oh. Oh? Oh…You can use this two-letter word like a Swiss Army knife. It comes in handy all the time. You can stall. You can pray. You can wait and wait and then say it again. Oh? Oh…
You don’t have to pick up the other end of the rope. It takes 2 to tango and 2 to play Tug-of-War. If you stay calm and use one of these sentences, the argument usually dissolves like sugar in mint tea.
Today’s Tool: Avoiding an argument is better than winning one.
As Gabrielle Bernstein says in May Cause Miracles, when we become more open and let go of our fear, we gain new perspective. So if we let go of the fear of being wrong, hounded, criticized and shamed, then we can open ourselves up to see things in a different light.
As the photo shows you, the Arguments Yard leads nowhere!
Hit Like if you used this technique and it worked! Tell me what happened! Don’t be shy–you’re among friends!