Responding Versus Reacting, Part Two

In Part One we saw the difference between two related – but very different – terms, “Responding” and “Reacting.” Let’s take a quick look at how they played out for me personally in one particular instance. There was plenty of room to pull safely into the parking space. Being too hurried and not paying attention as…

Responding Versus Reacting, Part One

Though the words, “Respond” and “React” are similar, the difference is quite significant. I still recall, more than 20 years ago, on one of his audio programs, Zig Ziglar asking, “Did you respond well to the medication your doctor prescribed, or did you have a bad reaction?” The Sages asked, “Who is mighty?” and answered, “He…

Why The “Out” Gets You In

One of the most effective ways to persuade someone to take a certain action is to communicate very clearly to them the fact that…they don’t have to take that action. Counter-intuitive? Yes. And, very productive. What I’m suggesting is that you give them an “out.” An out, or “backdoor”, is a way of letting a…

“Practice in The Silence”

In his 1918 work, The Power of Concentration (re-published in ebook form by Mike Litman), the author, Theron Dumont wrote, “It is necessary to be silent before you can speak wisely.” True enough, as stated. But then he goes on to write something I believe to be particularly profound. According to Dumont, “The person who…