“A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.”
~ Wade Boggs
Would you be able to keep your composure, being confident about handling the situation? Would you keep your cool?
Well, that is just what happened to me – FOUR TIMES, over the last two weeks. I will share my first closeup experience shortly, but first, let’s examine why being mindful when choosing our reactions - to the shocking circumstances that occur in our lives – are so vitally important to our overall well-being. Then, to conclude there are four helpful tips we can consider, regardless of the situation.
Why Keep Cool Under Pressure?
Numerous incidents can occur taking us completely by surprise. We can do little about that. However, what we do have control over is our reactions to whatever life sends our way.
Oftentimes, the situation is a new experience, which can cause us to become overwhelmed and respond accordingly. Without any former experiences to serve as a reference point, it is easy to accept the normal human behavior, of overreacting.
Overreacting is the worse way to handle any situation – especially those where we are left staggering to gain our bearings afterwards. Overreacting clouds our judgment, which usually causes us to respond erratically to situations, or in ways, we may later regret. And then sometimes, in those rare instances, keeping our cool could turn out being what saves our lives, or the lives of other individuals.
Allow me to share with you the recent turn of events that happened to me. I think it will better illustrate the importance of keeping cool under pressure.
Keeping Cool With a Black Bear on Deck
The last thing I expected to see, staring back at me as I went to drop the blind to the window-encased front door of our cabin a few weeks ago, was a black bear cub. It had leisurely walked onto our deck – seemingly as if it were coming home after a long hard day’s work, with an expectation of seeing its meal on our dining room table.
Yet, there it was – standing on all fours, with those bitty dark brown eyes, a long cinnamon-brown snout, and with a thick coat of midnight-black fur. Both, it and I were immobilized in a brief state of shock, after catching one another by surprise.
There was no doubt in my mind – after it took one paw move forward (to continue to the backside of the cabin) that it was investigating something it had smelled from afar. It appeared to be in deep contemplation on whether it should proceed onward to complete its mission to claim its prize, or abort its mission altogether.
Astoundingly, the shock I initially felt subsided rather quickly, permitting me to be present and mindful of the moment, at hand. At least, as much as one might be, if faced with a similar situation.
As it turned out, what would motivate my next steps, was earlier conversations I had just days before with other residents in the community, who shared with me their experiences with bears. I recalled them saying to me that it was imperative to remain as calm, as possible. They also expressed the importance of making loud noises, in hopes of frightening the animal and causing it to dash off in fear. They also mentioned that if you were too close to a bear to react, the next best thing was to lay face down on the ground, legs folded upward, and placing your hands around you’re the back of your neck – seeming lifeless.
Thankfully, I was not in need of the latter piece of advice.
So, what did I do? I vigorously started stomping my foot on the floor, beating on the door’s window, and screaming at the top of my lungs, as if I were a cheerleader rooting it on to leave.
It seemed to have gotten the message, but only to come back days later to give it another go. The next time it made it to the back of the deck. I repeated what I had done before.
Over a two-week period, we have gotten four black bear visitors. Three I think were from the same cub, but one of the visits came from mama bear.
The 4 Bare Essentials to Keeping Your Cool
It doesn’t matter how intense the next situation happens to be – your next horrific situation may not be a black bear at your front deck – yours could be witnessing a horrendous car accident that may require you to assist the passengers involved. Or, it could be as simple as a relationship running its course. By keeping, these three tips below in mind, in whatever the moment brings; I am sure that you too, will emerge victoriously.
- Remain calm and fully present in the moment. Remember, breathe.
- Evaluate the conditions of the situation being sure to use all available resources, if need be.
- Be confident in your ability to handle any situation needing to be faced.
- Pay attention to your trigger points. Take note, with consistency, any patterns that may cause you to lose your cool.
What are your thoughts…
Would your reaction been similar? What might have you done differently? Please take a moment to share any of your thoughts and impressions with us in the section below.
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