Do it right the first time
Jim Mackie, M.Ed., ATC, LAT
One of the principles Winston Churchill lived by was to “aim high in all you do” We hear “Pay attention to detail”, “If you don’t have the time to do it right the first time when will you have time to do it again”, “Get it right the first time.” Looking at my weakness, I see that I try to get so much done that I hit the return button before thoroughly reviewing and making sure it’s correct or what I am really trying to say. My nature is to finish something quickly and get it out there, but it’s a reflection on me as well as any I represent if I am careless in what I say or do. Do I think about the tone of my thoughts I am trying to convey or what may be inferred by what is written or said? We’ve become so used to things like e-mail and text that we lose the emotion in what we are trying to say. Take the time to communicate effectively by being thorough in our actions and the work we do. It will make us better providers in the work we seek to accomplish. Slow down and take the time, your consideration will be appreciated by all.