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While responding seems like the prudent choice, in a crisis or emergency situation it may seem that you would logically need to react or operate in a split-second decision mode.
The reality is the best crisis managers are trained and practice a variety of scenarios precisely so they can respond rather than react. The difference is in preparation and thought.
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When someone reacts, it is often an emotionally negative response. When someone responds, it is a forward-thinking, progressive-acting answer.
Reacting is often an emotional response that ...
Incorporate more risks into your business and work style. Think about how to change your core processes, do them faster and increase your sales.
Try borrowing from other industries' methods to change your model. Also, think about how to scale your business and how to change it to connect with more customers.
Incorporate an end vision for your business and shape tasks to achieve that vision -- every week and month. Turn those ideas into executable plans.
To get started, break up your objective into achievable and measurable milestones with deadline dates for each (and mark those dates in your electronic calendar). Then share those milestones with key accountability partners to drive personal accountability.
You can work with the unconscious to unearth its associations and align them more closely with your values and goals. Doing so, you can tap all the power the unconscious has to offer.
Left to its own devices, the unconscious mind creates inaccurate beliefs and self-imposed limitations. Its main goal is your survival and it does what it can to get rid of threats, even if it means derailing your conscious goals.
That said, the unconscious can also give the energy to accomplish your goals and offer a lot of intuitive wisdom. But to get to those benefits you need to help it transcend its useless limitations.
A reaction is instant and driven by the beliefs of the unconscious mind. When you say or do something “without thinking,” that’s the unconscious mind making decisions in your stead.
Responses, on the other hand, are slower and based on information from both the conscious and unconscious mind. A response takes into consideration the well-being of not only you but those around you, weighs the long term effects and your core values.
Reacting is when we unconsciously experience an emotional trigger and unconsciously express or relieve that emotion.
However, when we respond, we notice how we are feeling, and we consciously decide how we will respond.
Research indicates that Emotional Quotient EQ is what determines how successful you will be as a leader. Most leaders get hired because of their IQ, but promoted or fired because of their EQ.
The good EQ allows you to manage your emotions. It enables you to understand your feelings, manage them and then take time to make the right decision.