Sunday, October 22, 2017

Don't React - Act!

I hope all of you had a fun Diwali. While usually I share a post for Diwali, this time me and the family had gone to Goa and I was far away from my laptop and in complete holiday mood (though I was happy to connect on Facebook) . Every year, while I love the festival of Diwali and its significance of the victory of good over evil, I have never enjoyed the pollution and the terrible sound fire crackers make. Those of you who know me for over 10 years, would know this about me.

I used to react by getting angry and upset when people burst bombs late in the night. This year I decided to not react, but act and went away on a small break to Goa with my family. We were on a pretty secluded beach far away from the noise, pollution and crackers. It was fun, as we lit diyas outside our room and also did our Diwali puja there.

While I may not have control over what everyone else does, I have complete control over what I do. Instead of reacting, if all we did was pause, think and ask ourselves "What's the best action I can take that will benefit me?" - we will come up with lots of interesting ideas and solutions.

Even in our relationships, at work or in business - we are faced with situations when the other person tells us something or doesn't do things the way we want them to do. While our first instinct is to react, if we simply pause and hold back and observe what is happening, we will be able to get much better results.

Many time, I pause and look at myself from the outside. The way I would look at a movie. And I watch this character I am playing of "Yogesh Chabria" - is this character doing the best that he can? Is he acting in the most incredible way possible? Is he doing things and taking actions that will help him achieve his goals? Is he doing things that will bring about a change in this world? Is he doing things to make the world a better place? Is he doing things that are in his best mental, emotional, physical, financial and spiritual interest?

These are questions I ask. And this is something everyone can do. The next time you are faced with a challenging situation - it could be in your relationship or at work or in college, simply observe yourself and notice if you are reacting or acting?

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Have a wonderful week ahead!

Lots of smiles and love,

Yogesh Chabria


Feroz said...

Very true Yogesh, we need to act and not react!

Gayathri said...

Am so happy to read this and next year...guess even i will do the same and go on a break ....we can really use this thought process in office and even with my husband!

Helga said...

Beautifully simple but yet so nice and effective. thanks for sharing this Yogesh.