Found in many cultures, the Golden Rule reminds us to “Treat others as you would like to be treated,” and “Don’t do to others things you would not like to have done to you”.
We feature it in Step 2 as a way to help you increase the likelihood that you will achieve your goals as you move through the remaining steps on the Preferred Path.
Here are some suggestions for applying the Golden Rule in a conflict situation:
- Demonstrate respectful language and timeliness in the exchange of information.
- If in doubt, imagine yourself in the other’s shoes and, from that perspective, decide how you would like to be treated.
- Monitor especially your comments to third parties; if your opponent were to overhear you, what would he/she conclude?
- Eliminate email or other electronic negative statements about the other party; instead, write down your thoughts and use them in the steps ahead on the Preferred Path.
Step 2 is a health check on your attitude as you move to conversations in Steps 3 and 4.