My prayers today go out to our brothers and sisters in Japan. The devastation is unimaginable even though technology allows us to see photos and videos of the earthquake and tsunamis. For those of us who are far from these natural disasters, we should be grateful for all the little things we complain about, like the snow, the cold or incessant rain.
To keep within my baby steps and action plan theme, these headlines made me think of something we take for granted: our gift to react. When something happens, we react automatically. The way each one of us reacts will be different, but we all do react.
In the case of an emergency, we react with a quick fix plan. In the case of insurgence, a government reacts either with force or with diplomacy. In the case of monetary troubles, we will plan to recover financial stability. In the case of frustrations at work, we will look for other alternatives. In each of these cases, our plans of action involve reactive solutions. This is normal.
Even when things are running smoothly, we tend to look for a need, a dissatisfaction, or something to make better. We react to this issue by finding solutions and a plan of action to implement the best suited option. Challenges are what help us learn and grow. They help us work hard to react by getting creative and finding solutions.
These reactive solutions may be right or wrong. There again it is an exercise in growth. Making mistakes is part of the game. We learn from our mistakes and we change our reactive solutions in accordance to the lesson learnt.
These are things we do all the time. We take it for granted as it comes naturally to us.
What I believe will make the difference in your life is being very conscious of your reactive solutions. This is the way I see it: When something happens or when I need to change something,
- I appreciate the challenge for the learning opportunity it offers me
- I appreciate the challenge for the new doors of opportunity it may open for me
- I think of all the reactive solutions available to me (instead of reacting impulsively)
- I create a plan of action to implement my chosen reactive solution
- I review the outcome to adapt my plan as I move forward with my baby steps
Take a look at something in your life you need to react to… it may or may not be something urgent. How can you implement these steps to create a productive reactive solution plan of action to make a difference in your life, particularly in the area you suggested needs attention? Remember to integrate baby steps in your plan to make sure you move forward, slowly but surely!