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Life's most meaningful lessons often pop up in the mix of chats, connections, and heart-to-hearts. It's where we not only pick up new things but also give our perspectives a little makeover and toss in some valuable contributions to the big pot of experiences. You know that treasure chest of wise advice? Family, friends, neighbours, elders…Take what you learn and put it into action. Our neighbour, who's basically a life connoisseur, having faced all sorts of wild plot twists always reminds us : when you're stuck in a tricky situation, simplify it like turning a complicated recipe into a three-step dance: action, reaction, consequence. It's a simple hack for life's game and definitely deserves to be shared far and wide.

Now, more than ever, the concepts of action, reaction, and consequence play a significant role in decision-making, choices, and outlook.

Let's explore how they are interconnected in these contexts:

Decision Making:

  • Action: Decision-making involves choosing a course of action from various available options. The act of making a decision is the initial action.

  • Reaction: The decision sets off a chain of reactions, both internally and externally. Internally, it may trigger emotions or thoughts, and externally, it can lead to specific behaviours or changes.

  • Consequence: The consequences of a decision can be immediate or long-term. Some consequences may be anticipated, while others may be unexpected. Evaluating potential consequences is crucial in making informed decisions.


  • Action: Choices represent the options available to an individual. Selecting one option over another is an action that stems from preferences, values, and priorities.

  • Reaction: Each choice has its set of reactions, including emotional responses, changes in circumstances, or the impact on relationships with others.

  • Consequence: The consequences of choices shape the path an individual takes in life. Positive choices often lead to favourable outcomes, while negative choices may result in challenges or setbacks.


  • Action: Outlook refers to one's perspective, attitude, or approach to life. It is influenced by individual experiences, beliefs, and values.

  • Reaction: A person's outlook influences how they react to various situations. A positive outlook may lead to constructive reactions, while a negative outlook might result in pessimistic responses.

  • Consequence: The overall consequences of an outlook can impact mental well-being, relationships, and personal growth. A resilient and optimistic outlook often contributes to better coping mechanisms and adaptability.

In essence, the way we make decisions, the choices we select, and our outlook on life are interconnected through the principles of action, reaction, and consequence. Being mindful of these connections can empower individuals to make choices aligned with their values, consider the potential reactions, and anticipate the consequences of their actions. Acknowledging natural thinking preferences in order to make holistic, wholebrain decisions, choices and maintain a positive outlook is imperative to the process.

This holistic understanding can contribute to a more intentional and fulfilling life.

Action – reaction – consequence

Choices – decisions – outcomes

Better choices = better outcomes!

With special thanks to Ralf for the constant reminder.


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