Action isn’t everything


Up to now I have placed store on action. Experiments are all about action and doing something a little bit different.

Even so, there are times when, as it says in the Green Cross Code, we should STOP, LOOK and LISTEN, rather than act hastily. There is an experiment to help us look at some prior steps such as judging the situation and – before that – thinking enough to identify our options and make a judgement.



Use the worksheet below, with one example already in place. Record information about a disturbing event. Include a date and time and the Distress Rating or SUD created by the event.

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Note how easy it is to mix up thoughts and judgments. The big difference is to make a point of separating out the talk that goes on in my head and my ability to gather ‘facts’ to set priorities and possibilities in order to form a sound opinion prior to taking action.

Note, also, that in the example I provide, the action – to work just one more hour – is based on a judgment about balancing the need to work late with getting up early. All serve to not feel rushed before making an important presentation. In such matters that balance will vary from person to person. It helps to be sure where you stand on an issue. It rather assumes you’ve gathered enough information to ask yourself the question at all.

It is important to come to a conclusion – to make a judgment – BEFORE taking an action. Not doing this can undermine the usefulness of any experiments you implement.

Note, if you would, how this brief safe experiments connects to the rather more complicated notion of Discounting. discussed on the page, listed below.

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