When a position’s worth defending, dig in, but pick your battles carefully…
It doesn’t take much to put yourself on the back foot, to undermine your position or stack the odds against you. Poor judgement or an honest mistake, defended too rigorously can make you appear unbalanced, obsessive or easily confused. Credibility undermined by jumping to the wrong conclusion, too quick off the mark, critical facts overlooked.
It’s easy to do. After all it was an honest mistake. A knee-jerk reaction to a brief moment of contact, going on the offensive, unreasonably as it turns out.
The embarrassment is equally easy to avoid. Pause. Keep your powder dry. Assess the situation. Check again. Consider the options. Only when you’re absolutely sure should you jump in, with confidence and poise.