There are probably as many answers to this question as there are people in the world, but for me? The answer isn’t easy, but it’s simple. Stephen Covey calls it “Initiative.” In his book, the seven habits of highly effective people, Stephen throws out an amazing concept that….if you haven’t thought of it before, could change everything for you. Unlike the animals, human beings are uniquely endowed with a special gift:
Somewhere in the gap between stimulus and response is our ability to choose.
If someone cuts you off in traffic, says something unkind to you, or imposes on any of your freedoms, there’s one thing they can’t take away: Your freedom to choose how you will respond.