Why You Want To Respond Instead Of React


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If the barbell is about to fall on you, you better react quickly. You have to know how to dump it and get out of the way. You do it instantly. This is an example of a quick reaction in order to protect yourself. If you’re not in a dangerous, threatening situation, reactions aren’t always the best way to go.

Most of the time, you’ll have a chance to think about and process what’s happening. After thinking for a moment (or maybe even way longer), you’ll be able to choose the best response. We all must work on responding thoughtfully, with purpose and intention.

  • To respond with intentionality means that you will actually have a reason for what you’re doing and saying. You’ll know why you want to, or why you don’t want to do something.
  • When someone asks you how you’re doing, try giving a real response, instead of just answering with “fine,” like almost every single other person in the world does.
  • The next time someone tells you to put more weight on the bar, actually think about it, instead of just nodding along. Decide if doing that is going to help you get closer to your goals or not.
  • The next time someone says something that is hurtful, try to take a deep breath and respond very slowly and intentionally, instead of reacting quickly.
  • The next time you’re in a situation, or a conversation, and you’re not quite ready to respond…simply take a few moments to yourself, or say “do you mind if I think about it for a few?”  When I started doing that when I was unsure, my life got a whole lot better.

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