Sometimes it feels like we’re hand painting a used car.
Every day we encountered situations where we need to think: are we doing this the right way, the wrong way, or the easy way. How many times do you encounter these situations already knowing we are doing it the wrong way. Why else are we at this crossroad?
Many times, the right way is the hardest even though we know it is the correct way. Sometimes it’s not even the hardest way. It could be a simple task such as cooking. You know you should preheat the oven but do you? Maybe it’s doing your taxes…have you prepped all of your W2’s and receipts or do you do it on the fly? What about a project at work? the quick and cheap way in often not the right way.
By simply changing an out of date method by making current the date of the method is like hand painting a used car. It’s often the easiest and cheapest. From a distance, maybe it looks like the right decision. But when you get up close, you realize how ugly it is. Sometimes the situation calls for this type of short term solution. But have you thought if this is more work than doing it right the first time?
Often we do things the easy way which often turns out to be the wrong way. We can do only our best which is often not somebody else’s best or expectation of best. We often make decisions on how to handle situations based on the information we know at the time. The key is knowing when to readjust the approach and not be afraid to make the needed change.
We’d like to think there is no such thing as an easy way out yet we often find one. Difficult situations pass and when you look back you want to know the solution isn’t rash or stupid. The smarter you work through an issue, the better the outcome will be. Don’t simply hand paint a used car to get through life.