Morning Cup of Joe – Action vs Reaction


There are plenty of reasons to feel down about our misfortunes. In your mind, everyone seems to be enjoying their blessings all the while yours seem to be in a holding pattern. No matter what you do, nothing seems to be working. It feels as if the whole world is plotting against you. It isn’t so much the things that happen to us but how we respond to them that is so critical to our progression. How you react to your situation is paramount to you overcoming it.

While you are not responsible for the actions others take towards you, you are certainly responsible for how you receive, interpret and react to it. There have been times in the past when constructive criticism was offered by a colleague or a friend and I took it personally. They were simply offering alternatives that may have served to improve my overall project. That is not how I saw it; I took it personally. My first mistake was taking it personally. The words “don’t take it personally” have literally changed my life. With this new understanding, I no longer feel as if the advice one is offering is a personal attack on my knowledge, skills and abilities.

Never make the mistake of thinking that you know everything about anything. Understand that there is more than one way to skin a cat. Simply, while your approach may be a viable one, keep an open mind and accept the fact that there are other approaches just as viable. It should never be your way or the highway. If someone cares enough to share their thoughts on a process or idea that you can improve, embrace it with open arms. Do not allow your ego to trick you into believing that you know everything.

The wisest among us knows that he knows nothing at all.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

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