“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”
–– Charles R. Swindoll
Is this really enough of an equation to encapsulate an improved approach to the events, big and small, in our lives? This 10/90 rule focuses on reaction; 90% reaction to a 10% action.
But what happens between action and reaction?
That’s the important part. There’s no room in this analogy for that which converts the perception of those 10% into 90% reaction. The equation needs to include this critical stage, the conversion process. So now we have: Life is 10% what happens in the world, x% of how you perceive it and x% of how you react to it. However, now that we have an action and a perception of this action, we’re no longer merely reacting. We’re building an intelligent response to the initial action. That’s much more valuable than reacting. So, my final equation is:
“Life is 10% what happens in the world, 50% of how you perceive it and 40% proactive effort.”
There. Isn’t that better? Doesn’t that make more sense? It does to me! And yes, you can quote me on that. (Should I be so lucky…)