When a crisis hits and your body is flooded with adrenaline, the immediate impulse is for action.
“Something is not right, therefore something must be done” screams your brain, desperate to translate the panic it feels into action.
This can be helpful in situations which are measured in seconds or minutes.
But most crises are measured in hours or days.
Most crises require at least a degree of waiting.
They demand calm:
- to properly understand the situation
- to asses the relevant options
- to weigh the risks
- to plot the best way forward
All of these activities are nigh-on-impossible in a state of panicked action.
When a crisis hits, sometimes the best option is to take a moment to let the adrenaline go and allow calm to assert itself again.
For situations measured in hours or days, calm is gold dust and panic is a lead weight.