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Increase Your Response Time To Avoid Emotional Outbursts

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This is an except from Mind Macros 07.

“When some event or interaction requires a response, you must train yourself to step back. This could mean physically removing yourself to a place where you can be alone and not feel any pressure to respond. Or it could mean writing that angry email but not sending it. You sleep on it for a day or two. You do not make phone calls or communicate while feeling some sudden emotion, particularly resentment.

​If you find yourself rushing to commit to people, to hire or be hired by them, step back and give it a day. Cool the emotions down. The longer you can take the better, because perspective comes with time.

​Consider this like resistance training—the longer you can resist reacting, the more mental space you have for actual reflection, and the stronger your mind will become.” — From The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene.

90% of self-inflicted catastrophes can be avoided by waiting a day before responding.

By putting time between the trigger and our reaction, we’re allowing our brains to formulate a rational response rather than a knee-jerk emotional one.

Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett’s business partner, has a great observation on this:

“It is remarkable how much long-term advantage people like us have gotten by trying to be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent.”

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