Calm Your Mind and Choose Your Response

January 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Insights

In an uncertain world where we are bombarded and frustrated daily by multiple environmental, social and political problems, and by Trump’s actions and words, we have to learn to calm our minds and choose our responses.

Learn to calmly understand the issues and their roots rather than symptoms. Don’t be frustrated or angry, instead face them squarely and look for ways to solve the problem or reduce the implications. Don’t get distracted by name-calling or stereotyping your adversaries.

Focus on your inner Circle of Influence – things that you can control and influence. Differentiate that from your outer Circle of Concern, which are things that you are concerned about but that are not within your control or influence. Understand the difference between the two Circles and choose to work on your Circle of Influence first while aiming to enlarge it so that it approaches your Circle of Concern over time.

Calm your mind. Choose your response.

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our happiness.” – Stephen R. Covey

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