Going off half-cocked

musketsOriginally this term related to older firearms that had to be loaded manually. In modern speech, it’s come to mean acting without adequate planning.

The question on my mind is:

‘How to avoid the temptations of charging in unprepared and polishing your plans without ever implementing them?’

I’m clear about two things:

  • Going off half-cocked is dangerous
  • No-one cares how shiny your musket is on the battlefield.

Otherwise, the decision depends on the complexity of the situation and the precision that is needed in execution.

As a general rule, I like Michael Bungay Stanier’s approach:

Ready-ish, aim a bit, fire!

That will probably work in most situations.

(Image from pixabay.com)


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