You should make every decision with the long-term in mind. What if you had to live with this decision forever? What if what I am doing wasn’t changed for a very long time?
Even though every decision must be made through the lens of long-term thinking, you must also take immediate action to resolve the problems before you. What you do must solve issues and make life better for people right now.
Often we think that we have to trade the immediate for the long term. We feel that unless we plan things out perfectly, we won’t build the best foundation for the future. On the other hand, we can also think that we sacrifice the future because we are just putting out fires right now.
There doesn’t have to be a friction between the long-term and immediate actions. We must take the medical worker’s approach. The immediate pain must be relieved. If the pain doesn’t subside, then the patient will suffer: no matter how much longer their life is extended. At the same time, the medical worker takes action that helps in the long-term.
Long-term thinking and immediate action are not in opposition. They are simply two sides of the same coin that buys your success.