Are you creating or reacting?

Are You Creating or Reacting?

Living by simply reacting to everything that happens around you could be considered as “living by default” or “living on luck.” Living a life of reaction is stressful and dissatisfying. People who choose to live this way only have access to random events. They’re primarily driven by pain and avoid creating their own opportunities.

On the other hand, creating your life is more assertive, satisfying, and controllable!

Consider these ideas to create your life instead of reacting to it:

You’ll know you’re reacting if the quality of your life fluctuates between poor and tolerable. This is the telltale sign of reacting. 

You’ll leap into action when your comfort falls below a certain standard. You’ll work hard to bring it back up to a tolerable status. Then you’ll relax again, only taking further action when the situation becomes dire once more.

Failing to choose a direction for your life is choosing to fail.

Without a chosen endpoint, there is no intention. Without intention, you’ll get whatever happens to come your way. People with wonderful lives didn’t get there on accident. Define your goals. Be brave enough to choose a path. Stick with it.

Know the difference between action and reaction.

With action, you’re moving toward a chosen reality. When you’re reacting, you’re being stimulated by the current reality. Reaction seeks to bring the situation back to “normal”. Action is taken with the intention of creating a new reality.

Assess your situation. Decide today to choose the type of life you’d like to enjoy. Remind yourself of your choice by visualizing it regularly. Take advantage of the opportunities that you notice. Avoid living by default. Create the life you desire and deserve!


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