Situation + Response = Outcome

If you were at the programming summit in Atlanta, you might recognize that equation in the title. We have a situation (we always do!)…then we respond.

Ultimately, our response determines the outcome. This equation was used during that summit to recap strategy in any given topic.

Our response in a situation is the one factor in which we actually ARE in control.

Simon Sinek, mostly known as author of, “Start With Why,” public speaker and leadership leader says we can train ourselves in our responses, that better responses can actually be learned.

He cites Summer Olympics’ coverage during which reporters asked one particular “dumb” question of athletes, time and time again.

They would ask, “Are you nervous?”

And each time, each and every athlete, would respond with certainty: “No!”

They were excited, not nervous. See, they had trained their minds to interpret their increased heartrate, sweaty palms and butterflies as not only excitement, but the kind of excitement that would promptly shift them into gear – to run faster, jump higher, swim harder.

They were in control of their response to the situation.

So when change is on the horizon, you are stepping up to the start line, or you are overwhelmed or thrown off guard, response is everything. How do you respond?

A few months ago, my pastor said this:

“NOTHING is worth my anxiety. EVERYTHING is worth my prayer.”

Prayer, thankfulness, excitement, not nervousness.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

Kelly Corday
APD/MD, Midday Host
99.1 JOY FM – St. Louis


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