In order to make a choice about how to handle your problem, you need to carefully consider each option and its most likely outcome (see Worksheet 12-9). Reflect on how each option would make you feel — if you were to carry it out. Some options may seem pretty difficult. And some options, you would obviously not select.
When you make your selection, commit to it even it it seems very difficult. You may want to tell others what you plan to do because spreading the word often makes the commitment more firm and makes you think twice before backing out or giving up.
It may not seem so, but deciding to make no choice is really making a choice. Doing nothing has its own set of likely outcomes.
Derrick sizes up his options and their potential consequences and makes the decision to work on his communication, assertiveness, social, and political skills. He decides to sign up for some classes, read books, and start going to company functions.
In order to make your own choices, follow these instructions and use Derrick's example as a guide.
2. Choose the option or options that really make the most sense to you — the ones most likely to get you what you want.
3. Jot down your selection in Worksheet 12-10.
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