Recently, we looked at Newton's Laws of Physics and their application to strategy.
Law 3 states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Every day, we're presented with scenarios that can invite a visceral reaction from us. A boss places an unreasonable deadline on an assignment. A colleague takes credit for your work. A family member doesn't do what they said they'd do.
In those situations, you have a choice. You can choose to be upset over what you perceive to be unfair – by those things that have already happened – or you can make a plan and determine a course of action.
“Day by day, what you choose, what you think and what you do is who you become.”
– Heraclitus [tweet this quote]
It depends on what you want to be known for and how you want to inspire others around you.
Complaining about fairness invites a downward spiral of less fairness.
Reacting positively to an unexpected series of events will develop strength and resilience.
What do you want to be and what do you want to be known for?
It's your choice.
Image credit: Heraclitus by Johannes Moreelse, public domain