10/90 principle in life!

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  1. sudhavnarasimhan

    sudhavnarasimhan Silver IL'ite

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    ILites,

    Just got this fwd, enjoyed reading it and there seems to be a lot of truth in this .....so lets all benefirt out of this!

    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 what 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?

    The answer is " D".

    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, "It's 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 out your 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 stressed 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.

    It CAN change your life!!!
     
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  2. Chitvish

    Chitvish Moderator IL Hall of Fame

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    Very well written, Sudha !

    Putting 90-10 in practice, though very tough makes all the difference ! A good one !
    Love & regards,
    Chithra.
     
  3. Selvi

    Selvi Senior IL'ite

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    Exactly!! All of this goes back to the good old Positive Thinking... I firmly believe in that... Its all in the way we look at it..

    I very much like the old story where Lord Krishna asks Duryodhana & Arjuna to see whats happening in the world.. Duryodhana comes back and says everything is so bad, people are acting so bad etc.. Arjuna comes back and says everything is peaceful, people are enjoying life etc..

    I dont know if I got the story right, but I like the moral of it.. Its all in how we look at any incident.

    If we can put a positive spin in anything, everything will turn out good.

    Great article !! Thanks for sharing!

    :)
    Selvi.
     
  4. vidhukumar

    vidhukumar Senior IL'ite

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    hey thats a good one!!!it applys to most of us!!!We should all give this a try and see how our life changes!!!
     
  5. Shakthi

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    Great one!

    This is a great foward about life principle. I have read it long back, but Sudha your posting served as a good recollection.

    As Chitivsh has mentioned, it is tough to put it in practise all the time. But definitely if practised will bring a good change in life.

    Selvi, talking about postive spin, my husband repeatedly keeps telling that nobody can match Americans in spinning anything and everything postively. We can learn lots from them in this particular aspect.

    Regards,

    Shakthi
     
  6. Kamla

    Kamla IL Hall of Fame

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    True but tough!

    Sudha,

    Enjoyed reading it...but I wonder if it is possible always to follow the 90/10 principle?! Yes, it all depends on how you see it, whether the cup is half full or half empty...........
     
  7. sudhavnarasimhan

    sudhavnarasimhan Silver IL'ite

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    Hi all of you,

    Yeah it is true that it is tough, but if we remember this point now and then maybe we can remain more peaceful. I plan to try and also point out when i see my friends reacting strongly...sometimes if wejust let go of situations ,it turns out to be better!

    Good that all of you are enjoying this!
     

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