A lawyer, while summoning up his case before the jury, kept using the phrase; “On the other hand.” He did this 30 times! The defense lawyer began his summation thusly, “You all have no idea how hard it is to communicate with you, as you will note I have two hands, not the 30 our prosecutor seems to have. On the other hand, I promise to be brief.” He won the case!
“On the other hand,” may be as nerve racking as “I been aimin to.”
The ability to swiftly absorb and implement available facts is essential in life. Most successful people get all the available facts about a situation, quickly organize them in order of importance and then act!
Pilots, be they military, airline or general aviation, know one thing for certain; if you’re on takeoff, landing or flying along and you feel the plane buffeting, you immediately know the plane is approaching a stall and you act immediately, if not sooner to implement the necessary procedure to prevent the stall.
The same mindset is true in life.
Perhaps the most famous female pilot of all time, Amelia Earhart, made a statement concerning the flying part of aviation as well as the business part, that carries over into our daily interaction with family, friends or any type of business effort. See what you think:
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity.”
The decision to act!
There is a vast difference between hasty action and action that is the result of training (flying a plane) a gathering of available facts, considering the after-shock of the decision etc. and then proceeding to action. Once the decision is made hang in there.
If, as in hiring someone it becomes obvious that a mistake was made, take action to correct that misjudgment. May I say that in most such cases the person involved was not forthcoming at the start or at any part of the initial procedure. A few years ago while teaching the pastoral class at a major prison, I came across a statement by Dr. O.S. Hawkins, former pastor of First Baptist of Dallas, TX, A gigantic church. Dr. Hawkins said, “After the preliminaries are finished, I ask the candidate: ‘Is there anything you are holding back, that if it is discovered a few months from now would mean the termination of this arrangement.”’
Copyright © 2016 Larry Lilly
IT work by Oral Deckard