Many decisions we take in our lives allow us to rise above all. However, those same decisions can also be the reason why we fall. But what stands us apart is the way we react to the rise / fall. These are long term. In the short term scenario, you will come across a situation when you fall off - say - a chair.
Recently, I went to a government office for some reason and came across a scenario where a guy was sitting and discussing something with a government official when suddenly the inevitable happened. He fell off the chair. But what amazed me was how this guy got up and behaved as if nothing had happened !! And that is how I got the inspiration to write this post.
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Here's a step by step guide on how to react after a fall:
- Self - Realization: The moment you fall off the chair, there is a complete blackout in front of you. And then you regain consciousness. The gap between blackout and consciousness has to be small. Realize that you have fallen, and immediately go to the next step.
- Get up Early: The more you stay on the ground, the more time you are giving the people near you to grasp the situation and it will make you more embarrassed. Get up as soon as you can. Don't wait for the person near you to help you. Be independent.
- Always have a smile - even though you are in pain: Have a 'I-am-a-tough-guy' impression on your face and if you don't understand what I mean, atleast have a smile. The moment you feel embarrassed, people around you will catch the expression and remember the incident throughout their life. You want them to forget it as soon as possible, don't you? Hence, it's very important to smile at the incident. Laugh it off !! He who laughs at himself will have no rivals.
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- Show your concern towards the chair: Now this is very interesting. The guy after getting up, showed a genuine concern towards the chair. And this - my friends - is the differentiating factor. See, when you fall, you suddenly become the center of attraction, whether you like it or not. By showing concern towards the chair, the guy made everyone around him focus on the chair rather than on himself. The chair is, after all, an inanimate (and now broken) object and will be able to handle the pressure of the situation better than humans. Masterstroke !!
- Give more importance to other tasks rather than discussing your fall with others: Now this guy had a file with him and I assume he was there to submit the documents. Once everyone was focusing on the chair, he immediately handed over the file to the government official, and surprisingly, the official accepted the file and things were settled - very quickly.
- Avoid sharing the experience: Never share the experience with anyone. What has happened, has happened. Move on. Have fun. There's more to life than just falling off a chair.
This guy not only taught me how to handle embarrassing situations like these, he (unknowingly) also taught me one of life's key rule: 10% of Life is what happens to you and 90% depends on how you react to it.
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- Binu Thomas Follow @Binugthomas