The 90/10 rule for happiness says that we have no
control over about 10% of what happens to us each day.
We cannot stop the computer from breaking down. A driver
may cut us off in traffic. Someone may be rude to us.
We have no control over many things like these each day.
The other 90% is different.
We determine the other 90%!
How? By our reaction to what happens.
Imagine that are having breakfast with your family. As you walk
to the table you trip over your dog and spill coffee all over your
work clothes. You snap at your dog and tell it off for getting in
your way. You get angry and upset because you will now be
late for work.
So you rush around and change your clothes. Breakfast is now
very uncomfortable for the rest of your family because of your
temper. You drive to work still angry, and have a generally
miserable day where nothing seems to go well.
Let’s rewind the clock and look at this experience again
using the 90/10 rule.
Here is what you might have done:
Coffee splashes over you. You are about to get angry. Instead
you say “Oops, I better watch where I walk and be more
careful next time”. Grabbing a towel you rush upstairs. After
grabbing a new shirt and your briefcase, you come back down
to finish your breakfast.
You make a quick phone call to work and let them know you
will be a few minutes late today. You laugh and joke with your
family at breakfast and leave for work. You arrive at work about
ten minutes late and cheerfully greet your workmates. Your day
seems to go well.
Notice the difference. Both days started the same, but ended
Because of how you reacted.
Remember the 90/10 rule. Keep in mind, that the
one thing you and I do have control over is how we react
to anything that happens to us.
Choose how you will react today when things happen that are
outside your control.
At Resilient Minds we help our clients to develop high resilience
so they can perform at high levels on the really important
things in both their work and personal lives.
Have a great week.
Thought Leaders in Productivity and Wellbeing
Sign up to our newsletter to get these delivered straight to you.