Respond or React?

When something unexpected occurs, do you respond to it or do you react to it? Zig Ziglar said, “When you respond to life that’s positive, when you react to life that’s negative.” Zig goes on to make the comparison to medicine. If it works, it means your body is responding to it, if instead the side effects are kicking in, the doctor tells you that your body is reacting to the medicine.

Also, think about why they call it a nuclear reactor and why they call them first responders and not the other way around. If you’ve been in an accident and are hurt, do you want a first reactor rushing to the scene? Or would you prefer they be a first responder?

Respond or react? It’s a subtle difference in the decision with a substantial difference in the results. Be aware of the choice you make.

Fearing the Harvest

Imagine a farmer who carefully plants a crop one day – tilling the earth, planting the seed, adding fertilizer and top soil, watering it to give it a head start. Then, at the end of the day’s labor says,

“I hope it doesn’t grow.”

“I hope I don’t water it again tomorrow.”

When we indulge a whim and engage in behavior we know is incongruent with our core values, we are that farmer.

January is the month for diets

If you are what you eat, then what do you spend most of your day consuming? Rich, nutritious meals like good books, educational courses, and the lessons of history? Or are you loading up on today’s 24/7 junk food options of reality tv, idle celebrity gossip, and fear-mongering talking heads?

One of those choices will pay dividends for years to come while the other will go straight through you like washing down an entire box of Twinkies with a 2-liter bottle of Dr Pepper.

The choices is yours, every single day.