When a Problem Comes Up, Do You React? Or Do You Respond?

When a Problem Comes Up, Do You React? Or Do You Respond?


My honda broke down yesterday. It was the kind of breakdown that gave me absolutely no warning, or at least none that I noticed.

Now, I have been in a long period of transformation and building the life that I want for myself.

The “transition” I refer to is the transition from full time employee to that of an entrepreneur.

It has been a lot of reading, learning and working on my mindset.

So, back to my honda …….when I had returned home the night before, water gushed out of the bottom of the car. The temperature never changed, no lights went on, it didn’t over heat. Luckily, the car waited until we got home before it let me know there was trouble.


So the next morning, we went outside to check the situation, fill what needed to be filled with more water and took it for a test drive. We returned home and the car did the same thing again. There was a problem and it was a huge one!


I could have done one of two things:

I could REACT to the problem,

or I could RESPOND to it.


If I had been in this same situation a couple years ago while I was just an employee, I would have been stressed out and worried that I couldn’t make it to my job. I would have been worried about how I was going to pay for the repairs and wonder if this had happened, what else could happen? That would have been my/ the employee mindset talking. I was letting life just happen to me.

I was actually surprised at how I RESPONDED to the situation I found myself in. I was bummed out of course, as my honda and I have been through a lot together in the past 14 years and over 230,000 miles we’ve traveled together. I focused on the problem at hand, and took care of the situation. I didn’t stress out over it. I have learned that when something happens, I don’t dwell on it or worry about what was. That was the past and now, I move forward and take control of the situation, as opposed to worrying and dwelling on something that cannot be changed. Responding in this way, left me feeling more confident and free.

An important element of my current mindset is that I found myself asking what can I learn from the situation? What can be gained from this small obstacle before me?

The mechanic informed me that the car was going to be in the shop for at least 5 hours. So, I didn’t waste the free, non j.o.b. day that I was given with my vehicle out of commission. I enjoyed the hot (for Ventura) sunny 30 minute walk home from the shop and took care of some items from my growing to do list. It definitely wasn’t a lazy day for me!


How about you? Do you react or respond to a situation?

What do you do when life throws you a curve ball?


What really made an impact in my life and helped me to get organized and laser focused for success was by playing The Ultimate Game of Life. You can play too and create the life that you want and deserve.


Jodene Brown is an entrepreneur living in Ventura, California who helps others to have a home based businesses and become financially free.

Work with Jodene at : Solavei.


Jodene Brown


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8 Responses to When a Problem Comes Up, Do You React? Or Do You Respond?

  1. Good analogy.

    Life is full of curve balls. Some you hit out of the park, some you miss entirely, and some still hit you!

    Responding to the stimulus instead of reacting to it is the key.

    Thanks for sharing.
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    • jodene says:

      Gary, I love your analogy! I love the “hitting it out of the park”, but sometimes the miss and the hits are good for some quick thinking and thinking out of the box! 🙂

  2. Elena says:

    I used to react, now I tend to be more careful and think things through and then respond.
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    • jodene says:

      Elena, I hear you! I was the same way. I very much like to respond better than reacting. There is a lot more freedom and fun involved! 🙂

  3. Mike says:

    Awesome. Basically, your Honda breaking down was an opportunity for you to grow even more as an entrepreneur. Now that is seriously a powerful mindset to have! There was so much you could have dwelled on making your day unpleasant. Instead, you responded in a way that made your day awesome! I’ll see you in The Ultimate Game! 🙂
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  4. I love that distinction Jodene – it’s a great one, the difference between reacting and responding is absolutely huge! Loved the story… thanks for the inspiration 🙂
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