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February 22, 2014

A Positive Minute: Choosing quality in decision-making

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

-- St. Francis of Assisi

Life is full of choices. Every day we are faced with another decision to make.

The question is; do you choose right or wrong? That’s a tough one in some of the decisions we must make because we may not have all the answers or, information, in order to make a more quality decision.

Spending time in contemplation or, to think about what our decision will do to others and our personal life or business is important. On the other hand, for those who work in a profession where, sometimes a snap decision must be made, they must go with their training in that particular field and make the best choice possible.

A Police Officer usually doesn’t have time to sit around and “think about it.” Action must be taken immediately in many of the situations. I remember “back in the day” when I was in law enforcement we had a training called “Shoot, don’t shoot” which were videos on a large screen of various scenarios or interaction with the public.

It is good training however, I must tell you that one only had a split second to make a decision and when faced with a similar situation in real life it could mean the difference between life and death in many of the calls. I will not share with you how well, or not, I did with that training. But, they let me keep my badge anyway!

A Firefighter arrives on the scene of a fully involved structure fire. He/she has been trained to know what to do. Every firefighter has a job and having learned their job well, they are able to react to a variety of calls in ways that keeps them as safe as possible while knocking down the fire.

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