Things often go wrong in life. How you react to things that go wrong is one of the keys to living a happy and successful life. Those that live a happy and successful life do so by following the following formula:
Think then Evaluate then React
Jails and prisons are filled with individuals who get this formula backwards. They react first and then spend the rest of their lives regretting their knee-jerk reactions.
For most, getting this formula wrong doesn’t put them in jail but it does damage relationships or their business. We want to feel comfortable with the people in our inner circle. When we feel uncomfortable around individuals because they are constantly reacting to their emotions, we eventually kick them out of our circle. We avoid associating with them. No one wants to do business with individuals who fly off the handle, reacting emotionally when things don’t go according to plan.
Since relationships are the currency of the wealthy, those who succeed have developed the habit of adhering to this formula in order to preserve their relationships. We want to work with people who are thoughtful about their actions, especially when things go wrong. Those that do we call leaders. We follow individuals who we trust. And we trust individuals who are thoughtful about their decisions; individuals who do not react first, but last. If you follow this formula, you guarantee that the actions you take will be well thought out. This gives those you deal with confidence in you as a an individual who can be trusted in making thoughtful decisions.
The next time something goes wrong, do not react. Instead think about what went wrong, evaluate why and, only then, take action. Think, Evaluate and React. Your relationships depend on it!