First impressions are funny animals; while potentially misguided and fraught with errors, they are difficult to shake off because of our natural inclination to form them. Tendencies, on the other hand, are established over time, and tend (sic) to reliably reflect a routine of repetitive behavior. In both cases, they are difficult traits to get rid of, sort of like a nagging cold or a hairball in one’s throat.
For the Federal and Postal employee contemplating filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, whether under FERS or CSRS, both traits are important to recognize.
First impressions — and from knowledge gained over time: one’s agency; how will one’s supervisor act or react; one’s treating doctor; the extent of support one will receive; they will be the initiating basis and foundation in determining whether to go forward or not.
Tendencies — one’s own; is procrastination a problem? Is avoidance an issue, such that it is best to jump into the process, knowing that delay is an identified enemy of one’s own best interests?
One’s formed personality and characteristic traits are established early in life; it is the remainder of our lives where we work to understand them, and to undo, supplement, or learn from those early first impressions and tendencies molded into our very being.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire