ACT don’t react!

Are all the things going as expected? Is your strategy under control? Are you able to apply the plan-B that you carefully designed? If the answer to all these questions is “no”, then probably you have a very bad period. The result is that you feel frustrated and that you have not anymore the control of what’s happening! Moreover you feel that you are not in control of your life and the direction that is taking.

frustrationSo what to do? Well the answer is not easy, or better, there is not an answer or a solution. But there are some suggestions on the process. And the best way to manage the process is very simple like the title of this post: “ACT don’t react”. When the things don’t go as expected we start thinking on a counter move, on a way to oppose to the problem, basically we are reacting. We are just trying to counter balance someone else behavior or someone else decisions. Our space for options is limited and is basically reduced to a “reaction” to what is happening. Moreover there are serious and deep implications on the timing. We are not more deciding and keeping the pace of what we are doing but the pace is dictated by the external events. Frustration is natural, energy goes down, the number of possibilities and available options is reduced and the feeling sooner or later became of impotence and ineffectiveness.

The way forward is to change perspective. It is time to ACT. Action has a different approach. The next move is not dictated by an external event but is your decision. So don’t wait for something to happen. Just do it, make your next step. Keep going, adapt your strategy to the coming events, but don’t let the events to block the actions. Should be the opposite – your actions are the one influencing events. You, your knowledge, your willingness is the asset that allows you to plan your future, to plan the events. Use your positive energy and your positive approach to make the things happen. You are the protagonist of your future and your are the only one who should take control of it. Be focused, be committed, be persistent and will see that you will enjoy the process of creating your own future and sooner or later things will happen exactly as you have planned them to be, because you ACT not because you react!

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2 comments on “ACT don’t react!

  1. Ivan, it’s good to read your post again in 2013. I miss your insights 🙂 Your view on your entry reminds me of the american way of approaching tasks – the positive energy and positive approach. It is a good reminder for us when we get stuck on something. I think, though, europeans and asians tend to be more reactive. There is something to do with the culture we are brought up with, and the societies surrounding us. Do you agree?

    • I agree Chris, especially us Italians are a lot emotional. Unfortunately to keep a positive approach and an high level of energy is really hard, but I believe that in the long run it makes the difference. And even if it doesn’t it makes your life easier and better. Anyway it is nice to know that you appreciate my insights. I’ll try to keep up. As you know blogging requires a positive approach, if you do not have it is better to postpone… basically avoid to react.

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