Dealing with Consequences

Okay so for week 6 we are talking about dealing
with consequences. Part of being a strong self-advocate is being
able to accept your consequences whether you like them or not. Okay so let’s start with, uh, asking ourselves
what is a consequence. Well a consequence is a result of something
that you did whether it is good or bad. Um, the outcome,which is a consequence, heavily
depends on the choices that you make. So when people say “think before you act”
they are basically telling you to decide what type of consequence you want to deal with
after you make the choice you’re about to make. So there are different types of consequences. When we make a decision to do something, the
consequence can be immediate. For example, if we touch fire, we immediately
get burned and it hurts. Future consequences happen later. So for example if you leave work early without
asking because the boss isn’t there you might not get in trouble right away, but you will
get spoken to the next day. The boss always finds out, trust me. Short-term consequences don’t last long. For example if I forgot to charge my phone,
it’s not going to turn on, but if I charge it right away the phone will work shortly,
probably within an hour. Long-term consequences can stay with you for
life. For example, if you decide to rob a store
and are caught, you will have a criminal record that won’t go away and every time you apply
for a job or credit, you’re going to be reminded of this decision. So consequences can happen in many forms and
these are just some examples. Forgetting to set your alarm clock would you
make you probably late for work or school. Going out on a work night, you’re going to
be tired the next day. Talking about a friend to another friend,
you might possibly lose a friend and telling someone how nice they look today, you’re probably
going to make someone smile and have a really good day. So often times we make decisions without thinking
of the consequences. We’ve all done it, I’ve done it many of times
and then we get upset when the consequence is negative or ones we don’t like. How can you avoid this? Like we said in the previous slide “think
before you act.” Think about your response before you just
say something. Think about your response before just reacting. Don’t react, take a moment, take a deep breath,
step back, and come back to the situation if you can. It’s not always going to possible but when
it is I suggest doing it. Think about what could happen if you decide
to act a certain way. Thinking things through is really a good start
to being your best self-advocate. This is probably the shortest lecture in this
whole entire class so be very happy about that because it might not happen again. Um, move on to your discussion question and
I look forward to seeing you in the online classroom.

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