We all experience plenty of negative people and situations in our lives. Choosing to respond instead of reacting helps us positively to control our attitudes and our lives.
Let me give you an example of what I am talking about.......
You are on your way to work in the morning and someone cuts you off on the freeway...
Reaction.....you get so mad, curse the driver of the other car and then to top it off you will remain mad for several hours after the incident.
Now let's look at a different way to deal with the same situation.
Response.....Instead of getting mad a the driver... you can tell yourself.....he must be in a hurry to get somewhere. Maybe he is late for an appointment, and instead of getting mad you can just send him some love.
And remember to never take anything personally. The driver of the other car doesn't even know you. He is probably doing the same thing to several people on the freeway on that particular day.
So what is going on here?
When you react to a situation, you make an emotional and subconsciously decision. Because of how your previous experiences and prior choices have programmed your subconscious mind. Reacting to a situation will most likely not help you achieve the best outcome or result.
But if you respond to a situation you are making a constructive and conscious decision.
When you react, your emotional instinct is in control, with very little thought of the long-term consequences.
On the other hand when you respond, your brain is fully involved and engaged, your self-awareness is high and you have the long-term consequences in mind.
Reacting....or Responding...is a choice!
Our ability to choose is a gift!
Karin Glannstam - Personal Success Coach