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May 2004 - Discipline!

A new initiative for the web-site perhaps? If I added a little Bondage - wow just imagine what would happen to the hit rate!!

I have found this issue has been rather difficult to put together having just returned from a rather taxing 2 weeks in Wellington just one week ago. It has only been the last couple of days that I have felt as if I am getting things under control again. I am unsure whether I am getting slower at adjusting to jetlag or whether my visit has caught up with me.

I had lots of material to work with this month and I found it hard to know where to begin. 150 e-mails in your intray takes some dealing with - particularly when there are threads that have to be unravelled. Similarly I have been struggling to get this column written - yes I really have been at a loss for words, it does happen! While reaching for my dictionary I got to thinking - always a dangerous situation to find yourself in. It dawned on me that the reason I was having so much trouble getting things together was that my mind was using fuzzy logic. I was trying to second guess outcomes instead of getting on the job.

The reality was that the more I thought about the issue, the more options presented themselves and the harder the decisions became. What was required was good old fashioned action. My mind had to be reined in and I had to trust my own judgement.

Once the first section was started, the rest literally fell into place. Of course this has happened before and I should have recognised that. Furthermore out of the chaos has sprung an issue I feel better about than many I have put together in more leisurely fashion. It has contributions from many and most importantly we have attained a new height with the active canvassing of issues on the site. I guess that without pain there can be no growth.

Why did I have so much trouble getting going on this issue? I am fortunate I can blame jetlag this time. I suspect, however, the truth has more to do with an ill-disciplined mind. I had allowed my mind to control me rather than me controlling my mind. Pretty basic really, but how often do we fall into that trap? There are always a thousand reasons not to do something but only one reason to do something - it needs to be done!

The ability to discipline your mind underpins the development of confidence. It comes from experience. Experience at getting things right and more importantly from experience of getting things wrong. Discipline your mind and many of the trials and tribulations of work will fall away. Trust your judgement, be prepared to make mistakes and to learn from them.

To those looking forward to that B&D section, I don't think we are quite there yet.

Till next time,

Kevin

May, 2004

kevin.gain@health.wa.gov.au

 

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