A reader with a past gambling history wrote to syndicated columnist Jerry Romansky asking how to handle a night at the casino that other couples planned for the group during their vacation. His advice: “Prevention is easier than correction.”

How true it is, and not just for gambling, but for dozens of other applications:

> Maintaining a grasp on your email volume is easier when done daily rather than when your storage is full.

> Nipping a performance issue in the bud is certainly more effective than discipline down the line.

> Keeping up with preventative maintenance on your car and home is far easier than dealing with repairs.

> Tending to relationships and preventing issues from festering leads to greater satisfaction vs. counseling or shouting.

> Limiting your opponent to small gains and maintaining your lead sure beats playing catch up.

> Keeping your body at an appropriate weight is easier than trying to lose weight after gaining it.

> Spending within your means involves fewer sacrifices than trying to get out of debt.

The time and energy you spend correcting a problem are usually greater than the efforts you would have invested to avoid it. Make the hard choices in the beginning and keep your focus on the prevention side of the equation.

Source: Ask Jerry column by Jerry Romansky in the Telegraph Herald, October 15, 2017, p. 2C

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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