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1SG Christopher Turk
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<div class="question_description" style="word-wrap: break-word;"><div id="comment_43993"><div id="collapsed_content_43993">I don't always ask "what if", but when I do it's 0300 and I should be sleeping.</div></div></div><div class="question_actions actions" style="margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"><div class="clear" style="color: rgb(77, 77, 77); font-size: 12px;"></div></div>
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1SG Christopher Turk
1SG Christopher Turk
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Sir, 

I could not agree with you more. 0300 is about the time I am asking myself this. Normally I have something important to do the next and I am ensuring I have have everything prepared and ready to go. So, as the Master Chief said in a previous post, I start what ifing everything. 

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1SG Steven Stankovich
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I believe that it is human nature to ask "what if?"  I think that all of us have a tendency to second guess our decisions and courses of action.  I think that important thing is "how" you do that.  Do you talk about "what ifs" with peers, with your battle buddy, if you are a 1SG do you talk about them with your CDR?  Do you talk to about it to your significant other? With your Chaplain?  I think that it is important to think about how things may have went if another COA was selected.  It helps us to continue to grow.  I think that it becomes unhealthy if you dwell on the "what ifs" and they become a detriment to your ability to make current and future decisions.
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good post
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1SG Steven Stankovich
1SG Steven Stankovich
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Thank you sir.
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1SG Christopher Turk
1SG Christopher Turk
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MSG S, 

Great post. I normally ask what if during my planning processes. It is my way of doing risk management I guess. It is really easy to over think things though. If you "What If" something to death, then, as you stated, it can become unhealthy and a detriment. I also, usually get a second opinion. Sometimes you just need that sanity check. Not all great ideas are truly great. Thanks for becoming involved in the thread. 
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1SG Steven Stankovich
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Roger that 1SG...we are always looking for that sanity check.  Only those in positions of responsibility will thoroughly appreciate what a sanity check is... 
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SSG Robert Burns
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Nope, but I wonder...what if I did?
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CMC Robert Young
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Don't. It only leads to more "what ifs?" Once it starts there's no end. ;-)....you just can't stop.
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A true comedian! Funny bro!
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