…when will you have time to do it over?” – John Wooden
For this Monday’s quote we can thank the late American basketball player and coach John Wooden. It’s a reflective quote for me because I don’t think I’ve ever come so close to making a major decision – only to reverse course – as I did this past week. But I ultimately did so at the 11th hour because I realized the choice I was going to make was a hasty one based largely on a desire to resolve a growing sense of anxiety and uncertainty… and making a decision for such reasons is fundamentally anathema to who I am.
Ergo, after sleeping on the matter I decided to handle things another way. And while I’m not at all yet certain that my new direction is the right one, I do know that I only have one chance to get it right; this means taking the time to deliberate on everything before me carefully and candidly.
…Everyone is under pressure today. That pressure takes a myriad of different forms, and can at times be withering to endure. With that said, regardless of our circumstances we should always take care to make the best decisions we can – not just for ourselves but for everyone impacted by us and the decisions we make.
Do-overs and seconds chances don’t always come around, and when they do they are often costly. As such, as we get started this week I would encourage you to take your time in all things of importance. Time will never sit completely still for us… but anything that warrants doing well requires us to occasionally demand that time at least stretch itself so that we might take the most appropriate actions possible.
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