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The Reactor Factor: How to Handle Difficult Work Situations Without Going Nuclear by Marsha Petrie Sue

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Chapter 3. Give Up or Toughen Up

React or Respond?

History proves that it is easier to give up than to toughen up. Opting to give up is a reaction, whereas toughening up is a response.

Example: You lose your job. Is throwing in the towel your only option? Is everything hopeless? No matter what the economic climate, there are always opportunities. As dismal as things may seem, business isn't screeching to a complete halt. Many businesses have already figured out how to adapt. Some companies recognize and seize opportunities and they wind up with additional market share. Entrepreneurs step into the market and launch new ventures. It all starts with your state of mind and attitude. Will you react or respond?

When you choose to toughen up, you apply learning, experience, and skills to move your situation and achieve a more positive outcome. Think about this from the following health-based point of view:

 

Problems are to the mind what exercise is to the muscle; they toughen and make strong.

 
 --Norman Vincent Peale

For example, human "reactions and responses" are often taken into account when considering medications. A patient's reaction to a prescription is negative, whereas as a response indicates that they are on the road to recovery. This definition is the cornerstone to the Reactor Factor; deciding to have a good or bad outcome is totally up to you.

The following are all important components of a given reaction to something:

  • The reason you develop a particular reaction to a situation relates ...

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