Simple question for you…
What would your reaction be in the very first moments after seeing a nice big dent in the side of your car?
Would you freak out; scream, maybe throw something? Potentially… (I’ve witnessed a reaction like that.)
Would you shrug and let it go? Probably not.
The most likely scenario is that you wouldn’t have either of those reactions. You would most likely be pretty angry, and the situation would end up ruining your day.
If you can relate with that outcome, then this letter is perfect for you.
So, back to my reaction…
If you’ve been following my posts for a while, you know that I am a huge fan of stoic philosophy. Studying the principles of stoicism has allowed me to take a much better hold over how I react to situations, and has therefore led to having a better attitude no matter what bad thing happens.
Well, yesterday I walked out of the store with my almost-daily bottle of La Croix sparkling water. (You can read about my love for La Croix if you scroll back a page or two of posts.) Anyway, as I walked up to my car, I noticed a decent sized dent right above my rear-passenger-side wheel. It was clearly caused by someone opening a back door right into the body of my car.
What I type next was my complete reaction, quote-unquote…
“Damn… Oh well.”
Crazy, right? It was about as anti-climactic as you could imagine. Mainly because there was nothing that I could do about it. I couldn’t track down the person that did it. What would freaking out about it solve? Nothing.
The business take-away here is that you should never sweat the small stuff. Never sweat the stuff that you have no control over. Maybe this isn’t exactly business related, but it sure as hell is happiness related, and you’ll always be a better businessman when you’re not stressed. Others can tell when you’re stressed. Very few people hide it well. And it’s always off-putting.
Every relationship around you will improve when you can fix your attitude!
Think about this:
“You have power over your mind — Not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
Until next time,