It is rarely wise to walk into an endeavour or activity without assessing, even briefly, the risks we could face sooner or later. In a similar way, ignoring the action of taking care as we proceed on our way, perhaps towards a strategic objective, is something best avoided.
Although we may be so captured by our goal that we feel any moment away from engaging with it is a loss of time, taking care as we proceed on our way is actually an undertaking likely to enhance success as opposed to keep it away from us.
Likewise, attempting anything when not in the best of conditions, usually means we are forced to repeat certain elements of it again, as mistakes or instances of sub-standard performance need to be compensated for.
‘Running on empty’ is a phrase much used in the field of personal development to suggest the idea of not taking care as we proceed on our way. Experiencing exhaustion, being burnt out or feeling overly stressed are companions we can do without as we continue marching forward.
Of course, taking care might also involve being aware of other potential issues, not just physical fatigue. Evaluating financial costs, timing questions and so forth will keep projects not only to schedule, within the budget and aligned to desired outcomes but ensure we are taking care as we proceed on our way.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer, Adjunct Professor and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate and individual clients.
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