Have a super-tough guard dog at the door of your mind…protect your mindset at all costs. It’s one of your most priceless assets. Here’s one way you can do that:
Master the Concept of E + R = O
Event + Response = Outcome. Motivational guru and author Jack Canfield has popularized this equation in his teachings. Here’s how it works…Events happen and as we respond, we create the outcome. The only item over which you have complete control is your response.
You are 100% in control of your response every time. While you have no control over the events – you have total control over the outcome to the extent that it is affected by your response. Check out “Building Mental Toughness, the 90% Factor”
Example: Steve Jobs started Apple Computer along with Steve Wozniak in 1976. Together they built the company to 4000 employees generating a gross revenue of in excess of $2 billion in less than 10 years. Fast forward 10 years. In 1985 the Board of Directors felt Steve was “hurting the company” and he was fired.
Undaunted, Steve immediately started Pixar Entertainment with the Disney Corporation and subsequently NEXT Computer. Pixar became a huge success (Toy Story, etc.) and NEXT developed some very appealing software. This software was so appealing that Apple Computer purchased NEXT in 1996 for $429 million.
Result: Jobs was the CEO of NEXT so with that development, he returned to his post as Apple’s CEO! A lot of irony in that story.
This is a perfect example of the power of E + R =O. Mr. Jobs did not have control over events (he was fired!) but he did have total control over his response (building Pixar and NEXT).
You are exactly the same – you have control of how you respond to the things that go on around you. Make sure there is a guard dog on the door of your mindset. Let nothing deter you from where you are headed and what you want to accomplish. NO Excuses. BK