Do you think things through? Before you act, do you consider what will happen as a result?
For example, if you want $500, you can just work at a job. Even at $7.00 per hour, it only takes two weeks to earn $500. You can spend it however you like, no stress, no secrets, no risks.
People who commit small crimes do not think in sequence either. “If I take a few office supplies, no one will know.” This person does not see the nagging feeling of guilt or the possibility of getting caught, getting fired and being labeled a criminal. This person does not realize that the risks far outweigh the tiny benefit.
Breaking agreements with your spouse, friends and family members can also have horrible consequences. For example, you agree to pick up a child at school. You decide you have just enough time to go have a beer after work and decide no one will mind if you’re a bit late. You then forget about the child entirely.
1. When making a big decision, think in sequence. If you do Plan A, what are the consequences? If you do Plan B, what are those consequences?
2. Teach children how to think in sequence. “If you hit your brother, what might happen? Let’s ask him.” “If you don’t do your homework, what will happen?” “If you steal candy from the store, what might happen? What would it be like to get caught? Let’s ask the store manager what would happen.”
3. Talk to criminals and potential criminals about sequences. Help them see the bigger picture. Get them to practice thinking in sequence. As crime hurts everyone directly or indirectly, we all increase our chances of success by helping criminals get smarter.