“You must act as you breathe.” by Georges Clemenceau

Prompt: A man who waits to believe in action before acting is anything you like, but he is not a man of action. It is as if a tennis player before returning the ball stopped to think about his views of the physical and mental advantages of tennis. You must act as you breathe. Georges Clemenceau

Assignment: Is it true that acting quickly and instinctively is the best response to a crisis? Or are there times when an urgent situation requires a more careful consideration and a slower response? Plan your response, and then write an essay…

Georges Clemencrau has shared his thoughts about rational acting and acting on impulse when in crisis and claims that you must act as you breathe. This essay’s goal is to elaborate on the process of acting when a person is found in an imminent situation and whether it is good to take a more careful approach towards a situation instead.

We all know that impulse can make us do things that we might not have done if we had the chance to stop and think about our actions. When people act on impulse, it is quite often that they have regrets on some, if not on all decisions made in the moment. Additionally, quick reactions in a stressful situation can cause us trouble in some cases and no one wants this to happen.

Acting on impulse can be both good and bad, depending on the situation. In a very stressful situation, people tend to act immature or inconsiderate and may hurt themselves and others as a result. But in crisis, sometimes the only option people have is to act. As Clemencrau has pointed out, athletes cannot possibly allow themselves to stop during the game in order to think what to do next – they have to act on impulse before the moment is gone.

My point here is that why and when we act on impulse depends on the reason. Sometimes the only chance we have to succeed and get a positive result is to act as we breathe because when the moment is over, there is no turning back. After all, we are human beings and given the chance to be alive and take action into our own hands gives us the opportunity to act fast.

Difficult situations can often arise from impulse decisions, but acting fast can also turn out to be one of the best things we did. People always say that being brave is the key to success and we all have to take a risk at a certain point in order to achieve a goal. Success is never served on a platter and one must do whatever it takes to get there or to maintain it.

The sole fact that people are given instinct as a trait to be used in order to survive is a good enough reason to make us believe in our guts. It is not uncommon for people to speak of women’s intuition or following your opinions and if we think about it, we all actually act on instinct almost every day. When we meet a new person, we create our first impression based on instinct.

When we learn something new, we choose the way to remember it based on what our instinct tells us. Of course, all of us can make mistakes in both these situations, but we will still use instinct with the next person we meet, because that is in our nature.

We learn from our mistakes and our successes and there is no reason to run away from an impulse that may bring us happiness. Of course, there are situations when the risk is too big for us not to stop and think about it and acting quickly in these situations can cause us things that we will regret.

Therefore, it is crucial for people to be able to recognize the gravity of the situation and know the risk when a crisis occurs. In this way, we will only take a risk when we are sure that the damage is not bigger than the successful result and that by acting on impulse, we do not hurt the people around us and ourselves.

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