Assertiveness Skills – The Art of Choosing the Right Response!
You can’t change your circumstances, but you can always change your response towards them. A young boy had to attend a new school in a new town to which his father had been transferred. The boy was a bit short for his age and on the very first day became the object of ridicule of the class bullies. The bullies were tall, hefty chaps who kept irritating and humiliating him. The boy was in a dilemma. To report to the teacher or his father would brand him a sneak. To keep quite would mean the continuance of the unbearable torture! What could he do?
The next day, he left early for school, and sure enough, the trio of bullies was eagerly waiting for him near the gate to start their fun activity! The boy walked straight up towards them, and stopped midline from them. He then proceeded to draw a line on the sand with his right foot. He then went behind the line, looked at them, smiled and started walking across the line!
When he reached their side he looked into their eyes and said, “Hey guys! I am on your side now! What are you going to do about it?” The bullies were struck dumb and did not know how to react. Yes! He was on their side now. How could they hurt a person who is on their side! So they took him in as a friend. This is the secret of converting adverse situations into positive relationships.