In October, I began a blog series about the characteristics of a professional; you can read the introduction to the series here. This post is the 5th in a series of 10 that will be posted over the coming weeks.
We live in a world where we want instant gratification. We want a faster computer, even though our computer is already faster than we are. We want free and fast shipping when we order online. We want to have instant communication with people and we get frustrated if someone does not answer us immediately.
Despite the constant pressure for instant responses, I think that many times the most important thing that we can do is to stop and think. Not stop and smell the roses, but stop and think. When we respond too quickly to something, we are often ignoring our experience, our education, and our knowledge by not giving them a chance to be included in our response.
So, take a deep breath, sit back in your chair for a few minutes, take a walk, or drink a cup of coffee. There are very few things that need to be decided right this instant. But, there are a lot of things that would be decided better if they were not decided immediately. So, be patient. It is better to have the “right” decision instead of the “right now” decision.
Brian Hock, CMA, CIA