Respond Don’t React

    Respond, Don’t React.

Now if you happen to think that react and respond sound like the same thing, please allow me to share a quick illustration with you.

Imagine that you go to a doctor, who gives you some medication and then tells you to come back the next day. When you go back, do you want the doctor to say that your body is responding to the medication or do you want the doctor to say that your body is reacting to the medication?

I think it’s pretty obvious that you want your body to respond and not react to the medication. In other words, most of the time, it’s good to respond, but it’s not good to react.

Here’s the good news! When it comes to your attitude, most of the time, you get to choose whether you will respond or whether you will react. You can’t tailor-make the situations in life, but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations before they arise. 

Lou Holtz said that life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.

One of my favorite stories goes like this: 

One day a man bought a stallion. All of his friends said, “That’s good.”

The next day the stallion ran away. The man’s friends then said, “That’s bad.”

A day later the stallion returned with a herd of mares. His friends said, “That’s good!”  

The next day the man’s son decided to ride one of the mares and he fell off and broke his leg. His friends said, “That’s bad!”

The next day war broke out and every single one of the soldiers was killed, but because the boy had a broken leg, he wasn’t drafted. And everyone said, “It’s good that the boy broke his leg!”

And I believe that this story could go on and on and on, but the point I wanted to illustrate is that any event isolated and out of context might seem good or it might seem bad, but until you have the bigger picture, you can’t really determine whether the event is good or whether the event is bad.

Keep this in mind when you’re tempted to react to a situation, and instead, choose to respond. And make sure that your response is a reflection of your positive mental attitude.

Of course, the reason I expect you to respond with a positive mental attitude is because this is what winners do, and you are a winner, and given enough time, you WILL win! Yes, you ARE a winner!

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Full Transcript: Hi, this is Don Howe, and the topic for this Golden Nugget is “Respond, Don’t React”.

Now if you happen to think that react and respond sound like the same thing, please allow me to share a quick illustration with you.

Imagine that you go to a doctor, who gives you some medication and then tells you to come back the next day. When you go back, do you want the doctor to say that your body is responding to the medication or do you want the doctor to say that your body is reacting to the medication?

I think it’s pretty obvious that you want your body to respond and not react to the medication. In other words, most of the time, it’s good to respond, but it’s not good to react.

Here’s the good news! When it comes to your attitude, most of the time, you get to choose whether you will respond or whether you will react. You can’t tailor-make the situations in life, but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations before they arise. 

Lou Holtz said that life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.

One of my favorite stories goes like this: 

One day a man bought a stallion. All of his friends said, “That’s good.”

The next day the stallion ran away. The man’s friends then said, “That’s bad.”

A day later the stallion returned with a herd of mares. His friends said, “That’s good!”  

The next day the man’s son decided to ride one of the mares and he fell off and broke his leg. His friends said, “That’s bad!”

The next day war broke out and every single one of the soldiers was killed, but because the boy had a broken leg, he wasn’t drafted. And everyone said, “It’s good that the boy broke his leg!”

And I believe that this story could go on and on and on, but the point I wanted to illustrate is that any event isolated and out of context might seem good or it might seem bad, but until you have the bigger picture, you can’t really determine whether the event is good or whether the event is bad.

Keep this in mind when you’re tempted to react to a situation, and instead, choose to respond. And make sure that your response is a reflection of your positive mental attitude.

Of course, the reason I expect you to respond with a positive mental attitude is because this is what winners do, and you are a winner, and given enough time, you WILL win! Yes, you ARE a winner!

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