Tuesday, April 10, 2018

I - If

I hate to crib about any situation saying “If only things had happened my way..”. When in crisis, my attitude is that “Ok, so now I am in a (major) fix. What can I do from here?”

Only until a few years ago, you would have found me saying similar stuff as the former statement. I would blame my crisis situation to external factors, such as economic recession or unpredictable traffic conditions. However, one day, I just asked myself, “What could I have done better?”

For me, this was a big realization. I almost felt like a person who could go around counselling people, helping people face challenges thrown up by life.

On a serious note, thinking deeply, I realized that there have been indications of trouble long before the situation actually happened, and I had ample opportunity to respond to those signs. For example, I was aware of high traffic volumes on certain stretches and I should have started with cushion of some time in hand. It is alright to reach early rather than being late.

From fairly simple to complex situations, I don’t say “If..”, even if the externalities are out of my control.

What about you?


The Cynical Sailor said...

Not saying "if" is a great idea!

Leanne said...

I think "if" allows us to be prepared for a situation but we have to be careful that it doesn't become "if only" where we use it for an excuse not to do something - "if only I had more time/money/talent" etc.

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J for Just Do It!

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