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The importance of 100% commitment

Author: Alok Sood   |   Date: 16 Oct 2016   |   Comment: 0 Share:   |     |     |  

Why is it important to have an absolute 100% commitment, no less? Let us try to understand this in the context of adopting safe practices. Safety is not just a practice or an important aspect of operating environments in the industry, on the farms, offices or homes, or while driving, but it has to be a way of life, for us to be safe in the real sense. Safety is not about celebrating safety day or week, creating slogans and display of safety signs, but actually practicing what is preached, even in seemingly harmless environments.

 

We can achieve the desired level of safety in our day-to-day life only when we are absolutely committed to it, a full one-hundred percent. Even 99.9% commitment may not be enough. Why? Please read on.

 

The question, for example, is, if we “choose” to use helmets when we ride a two wheeler, even for a very short distance. Or wear a seat belt, not just while seated in the front seat, but even in the rear (and middle) seat of a car? Do we stop, when the traffic signal turns red, even in the early morning or late at night, when the traffic is thin? Do we follow that as a practice? Without fail?

 

These are the questions we need to ask of ourselves. Do we park the car each time and every time in a designated area so that it is not obstructing the traffic and endangering others? Are we ready to walk the extra distance in case the designated parking is away from the point to which we want to travel to? Do we make sure to park the car on the side before we start talking, if the mobile phone rings while we are driving?

 

If these simple things are not followed in our own daily practice, then safety goals cannot be achieved in absolute sense in the industrial environment or in our day-to-day lives. When we accept and follow unsafe practices in everyday life, it is an indication that our minds are tuned to accept less than 100% safe environments. Industrial establishments, sometimes do not have a provision for stocking specifically designated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the visitors, and they even make exceptions especially for the “VIPs” in our country. These short duration visits are “allowed” without proper and perfect PPE. These are just some examples of being in a state of mind that accepts less than 100% safe environment.

 

Safety should come to us as a matter of routine, or even more naturally like we breath, only then we can create 100% safe environments, because that has to be our goal, nothing less. One can get away with, and carry on with the unsafe practices probably for a long time but it might just be once in a lifetime that one would be in the real need to wear that seat belt. And if that moment strikes today, when one was without it, it can ruin the rest of the life with a crippling injury, or may not even give a chance to realize the mistake, leaving your near and dear ones to regret.

 

Is it then really worth taking that chance in everyday life? That is the point we have to understand to achieve our goal of achieving 100% safety. It is all about tuning the mind to be 100% safety conscious, at all times, in all environments, ……………………….. including in situations where one tends to get carried away.

 

Safety is not just to follow the rules, or laws, it is not even a practice. It has to be a way of life!!!

 

Similarly, for achieving goals that we set for ourselves, a full 100% commitment to the efforts in attaining these goals is a must. If we are even 99.9% committed, we cannot be sure. Be sure in life to succeed and be 100% committed!!!

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