It’s so much better to stay out of the proverbial hole than it is to dig out of one.

  • It is more manageable to stay on schedule than to catch up after falling behind.
  • It is easier to preserve your savings than to build the account.
  • It is more straightforward to maintain your weight than to lose the pounds.
  • It is easier to maintain your position as a market leader than to initially establish your brand.
  • It is a clearer path to earn trust than to regain it after it is lost.
  • It is far better to protect your reputation than to repair it.

All the efforts involved in the initial acts require effort and sacrifice so we don’t always do them, thus forcing ourselves into working harder to undo them on the back end. It reminds me of the quote: “If you don’t have time to do it right the first time, why do you think you’ll have time to do it again?”

The more you are able to keep the long term in focus when making short term decisions, the better off you and your organization will be. It’s much slower when you have to go in reverse.

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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