Ever wondered why you react the way you do in certain situations or with particular people?

Whilst we like to think that we are this super clever, all-knowing being, our brains owe much of its survival to those of less intelligent creatures. But we still have most of their survival instincts wired in to our subconscious safety-circuits.

In this video, taken from a recent Resilience workshop given to entrepreneurs and their start-up businesses, we explore why we react the way we do and delegates give their own examples of behaviours that get in their own way.

An oft-quoted phrase, cited as originating from Viktor Frankl’s seminal book “Man’s Search for Meaning” (but actually coming from Steven Covey) is:

Between stimulus and response, there is a space.
In that space lies our freedom and our power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and our happiness.

Having that “space” to respond, rather than react, to a situation, can be the difference between a successful outcome, such as making a wise decision, or a bad outcome, such as starting an argument.

You see, we are often in a situation outside of our control. From the global pandemic of coronavirus to being stuck behind a car that has annoyingly broken down at the lights.

We can’t control what happens to us, but we can learn to control how we respond to these situations. Well, once we have developed the ability to respond consciously instead of reacting like one of our distant ancestors.

#fightorflight #freezeorfold #resilience

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