Have you ever had something bad happen to you when you least expect it? How do you handle that situation? Do you waste your time thinking why that or this happened to you or do you react & respond to that situation to get it FIX as soon as possible? These questions are questions that you need to have the answer for BEFORE you come across them.
So, Take the example of a hypothetical situation, Where your manager, Who trust you a lot has assigned you some responsibilities to take care of her office and correspond to her contacts if necessary in her 12 months maternity leave, all alone. You have your own job-responsibilities and you feel that the work-load is too much to handle. What would you do? Will you let your Manager know that you are too-busy with your job-responsibilities or you will work overtime to fulfill your job and manager’s job requirements?
Here, you will be judged not by agreeing or disagreeing to the situation but by making a sensible decision, perhaps letting your manager know your situation and asking for HELP before it’s too late because if you accept the work of Manager, you might not fulfill the responsibilities of neither yours, nor your manager’s job. This article covers some of the most important situations in life where you just could not afford to waste your time mere thinking but by acting strongly.
1. Where you SHOULD React?
Almost all the situations in life requires us to react in the most practical way as we could towards them but some situations especially where your credibility has been questioned, relations are at stake, job is at risk must not be wasted in thoughts but by performing optimistically to fix and get rid of any unfavorable outcomes in future.
2. How you SHOULD React:
You should react by following the mentioned below tried and tested pattern:
Don’t REACT Too Fast: As too many people don’t give themselves time to evaluate the actual situation. They just panic and react without really understand or thinking that it may not be as bad as they imagined.
Develop your intuition and logic, but listen to what your heart says (gut feeling), Stop and think for few minutes before you act. Stop yourself doing the first thing you think of. That’s me for sure, Like When I resigned from my Job at Melbourne Institute of Technology, I really regretted it why I had did it, But it was a very impulsive decision at that moment.
Understand the Problem: You need to layout the fundamental reasons of the origin of your problem with what you could do or have done in the past to rectify the situation, if you could at personal level.
Find the Solutions: After understanding the problem, you must outline all the possible solutions and how each solution will be advantageous to fix the problems by outlining evidently where you have to look for assistance, if considered necessary. Perfect situation will never come. There will always be something that makes you want to wait again. As I said above, your time is limited, so don’t waste it with not doing. Discuss with respected individuals with similar circumstances if you need assistance.
Understand the Consequences (Both Positive and Negative): You must be aware of the results of the Solution and how those results may or may not affect your present situation. So Write down all the positive and negative factors for and against taking a particular course of action. Benjamin Franklin did it in two columns when confronted with major decisions. Consider at least two alternatives of every situation and then select best decisions, based on your value system . Most importantly, In any circumstances “Move On” and accept any consequences.
3. Why A positive Attitude to Life:
A positive attitude to life helps make major decision making far easier and less stressful. Don’t take your decision too seriously; nothing is that important, no matter how much it appears like that to you. Ask yourself how much will it really matter in one, five or ten years time? Remember, no decision is irreversible; if you find out some way down the track that you’ve taken the wrong course but again don’t take decisions impulsively neither take ages to decide what is in the best interests for you.
4. Stay True to your Heart:
At the end, it all comes back to your heart. Which way do you think will make you stay true to your heart? Our mind often rationalizes things, but our heart can’t be tricked. If a choice makes you feel that you miss or deny something, there’s a good chance that it is the wrong way to follow.
5. Don’t be afraid to take risk and be different:
People who dare to take risk and be different are those who will change the world. They are the history makers.
There is quote I love by George Bernard Shaw:
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.