Do you know anyone who responds with frustration, anxiety, or with an automatic "no,” no matter what the situation is? Do you know someone else who gathers all the information and then decides how to respond? Choosing to take a step back is one of the most valuable skills you can develop. Jumping to conclusions is like making decisions with blinders on. Taking a step back allows you to see the big picture, gather more information, and then respond more peacefully. What kind of situations come up that would benefit from you taking a step back, breathing deep, and then responding?