Things often go wrong in life. How you react is one of the keys to living a happy and successful life. Those who make the best decisions, in adversity, do so by following a simple 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 are around individuals who are unable to control their emotions, we eventually tire of them and avoid associating with them – no one wants to do business with individuals who fly off the handle when things go wrong. Rather, we prefer the company of individuals who remain calm in the face of adversity.
Relationships are the currency of the wealthy. Those who succeed have transformed this simple formula into a habit. This Rich Habit helps them to remain calm and make better decisions during adversity, which puts those within their orbit at ease, preserving and strengthening their valued relationships.
We want to do business with 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 simple formula, you guarantee that the decisions you make and the actions you take will be well thought out. This gives others confidence in you as 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.