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07-18-2007, 10:09 PM
Discover the 90/10 Principle
Author: Stephen Covey

It will change your life (at least the way you react to situations).

What is this principle? 10% of life is made up of what happens to you. 90% of life is decided by how you react. What does this mean? We really have no control over 10% of what happens to us.

We cannot stop the car from breaking down. The plane will be late arriving, which throws our whole schedule off. A driver may cut us off in traffic.

We have no control over this 10%. The other 90% is different. You determine the other 90%. How? …By your reaction. You cannot control a red light. but you can control your reaction. Don't let people fool you; YOU can control how you react.

Let's use an example.
You are eating breakfast with your family. Your daughter knocks over a cup of coffee onto your business shirt. You have no control over what just happened. What happens next will be determined by how you react.

You curse.
You harshly scold your daughter for knocking the cup over. She breaks down in tears. After scolding her, you turn to your spouse and criticize her for placing the cup too close to the edge of the table. A short verbal battle follows. You storm upstairs and change your shirt. Back downstairs, you find your daughter has been too busy crying to finish breakfast and get ready for school. She misses the bus.

Your spouse must leave immediately for work. You rush to the car and drive your daughter to school. Because you are late, you drive 40 miles an hour in a 30 mph speed limit.

After a 15-minute delay and throwing \$60 traffic fine away, you arrive at school. Your daughter runs into the building without saying goodbye. After arriving at the office 20 minutes late, you find you forgot your briefcase. Your day has started terrible. As it continues, it seems to get worse and worse. You look forward to coming home.

When you arrive home, you find small wedge in your relationship with your spouse and daughter.
Why? …. Because of how you reacted in the morning.

Why did you have a bad day?

A) Did the coffee cause it?
B) Did your daughter cause it?
C) Did the policeman cause it?
D) Did you cause it?

You had no control over what happened with the coffee. How you reacted in those 5 seconds is what caused your bad day.

Here is what could have and should have happened.
Coffee splashes over you. Your daughter is about to cry. You gently say, "Its ok honey, you just need to be more careful next time". Grabbing a towel you rush upstairs. After grabbing a new shirt and your briefcase, you come back down in time to look through the window and see your child getting on the bus. She turns and waves. You arrive 5 minutes early and cheerfully greet the staff. Your boss comments on how good the day you are having.

Notice the difference? Two different scenarios. Both started the same. Both ended different.

Why?
Because of how you REACTED.
You really do not have any control over 10% of what happens. The other 90% was determined by your reaction.

Here are some ways to apply the 90/10 principle. If someone says something negative about you, don't be a sponge. Let the attack roll off like water on glass. You don't have to let the negative comment affect you!

React properly and it will not ruin your day. A wrong reaction could result in losing a friend, being fired, getting stressed out etc.

How do you react if someone cuts you off in traffic? Do you lose your temper? Pound on the steering wheel? A friend of mine had the steering wheel fall off) Do you curse? Does your blood pressure skyrocket? Do you try and bump them? WHO CARES if you arrive ten seconds later at work? Why let the cars ruin your drive?

Remember the 90/10 principle, and do not worry about it.
You are told you lost your job.

Why lose sleep and get irritated? It will work out. Use your worrying energy and time into finding another job.
The plane is late; it is going to mangle your schedule for the day. Why take outpour frustration on the flight attendant? She has no control over what is going on.

Use your time to study, get to know the other passenger. Why get stessed out? It will just make things worse. Now you know the 90-10 principle. Apply it and you will be amazed at the results. You will lose nothing if you try it. The 90-10 principle is incredible. Very few know and apply this principle.

The result?
Millions of people are suffering from undeserved stress, trials, problems and heartache. We all must understand and apply the 90/10 principle.

Enjoy….

F@tim@
07-18-2007, 10:38 PM
So tru! If only we think before reacting and life would be happy as larry!

snakelegs
07-18-2007, 11:04 PM
good post. we cannot control other people but we can chose the way we react to them. when you realize this important fact, you will (except for the other 10%) not need to be a helpless victim any more.
of course, you will forget this many times when your ego gets in the act, but even if you can remember it some of the time, it is really helpful.

Muezzin
07-18-2007, 11:08 PM
I always thought this went without saying, which is why I tend to find debates about freewill somewhat redundant.

If Forrest Gump can understand it, anybody can.

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beespreeteam
07-19-2007, 06:55 AM
Good post :)

The Prophet was an amazing example - a single man able to change the world simply by controlling his reactions in such a way that people opened up to him just by dealing with him.

Inshallah we can work towards being the same :)

Wassalaam

Intisar
07-19-2007, 07:56 AM
So true bro, if only we reacted differently to situations everything would become so much easier. Jazakallah Khayr.

rozeena
07-19-2007, 08:25 AM
dts reali tru. im guna print it n give it 2 my dad 2 read, he lyks readin stuff lyk dis.

Tilmeez
07-19-2007, 08:30 AM
Nice thing to read and ACT UPON!
thanks for sharing!

The Ruler
07-19-2007, 08:34 AM
:sl:

But what if the the scalding coffee scalded your skin? Then you'll just have to be off work for at least a day or two.

And I would blame the daughter anyway. It was her fault she tipped the coffee. She ought to be more careful. Gah. If it wasn't for that, the day woulda gone as smooth the surface of a table.

:w:

rozeena
07-19-2007, 01:22 PM
Originally Posted by Amatul Malik
:sl:

But what if the the scalding coffee scalded your skin? Then you'll just have to be off work for at least a day or two.

And I would blame the daughter anyway. It was her fault she tipped the coffee. She ought to be more careful. Gah. If it wasn't for that, the day woulda gone as smooth the surface of a table.

:w:
heres a good example of hw nt 2 fink. lol :giggling:

meriam
07-19-2007, 04:44 PM
sooo nice.and truee...
thank u sister for sharing,,,,

Strzelecki
07-20-2007, 04:45 AM
Agreed with everyone who has said it's true.
But sometimes we simply lose control of how we react and fail to see the big picture, I know this really shouldn't be the case, but it unfortunately is. :(