Nip it in the bud

We all get into situations we would rather have not gotten ourselves into. Although every person has different challenges the process is similar for everyone. There is something toxic for us that will lead to depression or something tempting that will lead to an undesirable result or wishful thinking that will lead to an inevitable dire consequence.

With hindsight we can see that the warning signs were there very early on. At that early stage we can describe two reactions on opposite sides of the spectrum with many points along the continuum in between.

At one end we don’t heed the early warning sign at all. Perhaps we didn’t trust our inner voice, were swayed by other voices or a combination of the two. Things end up spiraling out of control. It’s either too late to avoid a disaster or it at least becomes more of a complex issue. At this point the person cries: “How did I get myself into this mess?!”

At the other end we notice the warning signs even before they start flashing their lights. We catch ourselves and avoid the development of trouble altogether. We nip it in the bud.

Think for a minute about certain mistakes you’ve repeatedly made in life. It may not be the exact same mistake but the mistake stemmed from the same source, the same internal weakness. On a scale of one to ten, with one being the end of not catching yourself early on and ten being the end of catching yourself early and avoiding any problems, what number would you give yourself? Where were you on the scale ten yours ago? Where are you today?

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