The Opposite is Also True

Facebook

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons
Cover for National Police Credit Union
Happy birthday, K9 Apollo! Stay safe!

Happy birthday, K9 Apollo! Stay safe!We said yesterday there was another birthday boi coming up!! Today is K9 Apollo’s 2nd Birthday!!

Not often that you have back-to-back birthdays of such good bois!!!! Everyone wish K9 Apollo the happiest of birthdays!

#k9 #birthdayboi #birthdaycelebration
... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago
Thank you!
#TelecommunicationsWeek!

Thank you!
#telecommunicationsweek!Big shoutout to all the amazing dispatchers keeping us safe and connected on #TelecommunicationsWeek! Your hard work does not go unnoticed 🚨📞💼

Dispatcher Cora Thorp has served this department for over 10 years. Thank you Cora for your dedication.
... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago
Happy, happy birthday, K9 Ace!! Stay safe!Image attachmentImage attachment

Happy, happy birthday, K9 Ace!! Stay safe! ... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago

National Police Credit Union is honored to welcome the Munster Police Department (Indiana) into our field of membership. We look forward to serving you and your families. ... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago
Thank you, Dispatchers!!!!
#TelecommunicationsWeek

Thank you, Dispatchers!!!!
#telecommunicationsweekWhile they won’t be saying “Aloha” when they answer the phone, they are dressed for island time! Sheriff Crawford is proud to honor our wonderful Communications Unit this week during National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. We surely have the best!

#telecommunicationsweek #celebrate #dispatchers
... See MoreSee Less

3 days ago
Thank you, Dispatchers!!!!
#TelecommunicationsWeek

Thank you, Dispatchers!!!!
#telecommunicationsweekFrom all of us at Parkers Mill Fire to Pulaski County 911 Center and surrounding 911 centers, We appreciate all the hard work keeping all agencies, and the community safe! Wouldn’t be able to do it without you guys! #telecommunicationsweek
... See MoreSee Less

3 days ago
Thank you, Dispatchers!!!!
#TelecommunicationsWeek

Thank you, Dispatchers!!!!
#telecommunicationsweekHappy Telecommunications Week! We here at the Itawamba County Sheriff's Department want to thank all the hardworking dispatchers out there! We want to take a moment to show our utmost respect, appreciation, and admiration for the vital role you play in emergency situations. Your calm voice and quick thinking bring peace in moments of chaos. Thank you for your dedication and selfless service, we couldn't do it without you!
#ThankYouDispatchers #TelecommunicationsWeek #RespectAndAdmiration
... See MoreSee Less

3 days ago
Thank you to all of the Dispatchers who live behind the scenes, but are always front and center!!
#TelecommunicationsWeek

Thank you to all of the Dispatchers who live behind the scenes, but are always front and center!!
#telecommunicationsweekBig shoutout to all the amazing dispatchers keeping us safe and connected on #TelecommunicationsWeek! Your hard work does not go unnoticed 🚨📞💼

Dispatcher Denise Roberts has served this department for over 10 years. Thank you Denise for your dedication.
... See MoreSee Less

3 days ago
Thank you for 40 (!!!!) years of service!! We truly appreciate your many years of dedicated service. All the best and every success in your retirement. Stay safe!

Thank you for 40 (!!!!) years of service!! We truly appreciate your many years of dedicated service. All the best and every success in your retirement. Stay safe!Last night at the board meeting, the Naperville Park District and its commissioners recognized Park Police Officer Arzania "Zook" Williams for his dedication and service to the community over the past decade as a Park Police Officer as he prepares to retire. Congratulations and best wishes for your retirement, Zook!

#ParkItInNaperville
... See MoreSee Less

3 days ago
Thank you for 44 (!!!!) years of service!! We truly appreciate your dedicated service and wish you all the best in your retirement. Stay safe.Image attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

Thank you for 44 (!!!!) years of service!! We truly appreciate your dedicated service and wish you all the best in your retirement. Stay safe. ... See MoreSee Less

3 days ago
YES!!
#Superheroes

YES!!
#superheroes
... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago
Thank you!! Stay safe!Image attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment

Thank you!! Stay safe! ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago
Happy birthday, K9 Luka 💙💙💙💙!!!!
Stay safe!

Happy birthday, K9 Luka 💙💙💙💙!!!!
Stay safe!Ok, 0k..we might’ve overloaded you with doggo cuteness lately, but today is a special occasion - K9 Luka is turning 2!!! 🥳

Happy birthday Luka!! Your endless happiness makes each day brighter but today is all about you. Enjoy your special day! 🎉

And we have another birthday boi celebration lined up for tomorrow….check back to see who it is!!!! 👀

#k9 #birthdayboi #celebrate
... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago
Thank you!! Stay safe!

Thank you!! Stay safe!Give Trooper Skiles and Trooper Toal some gratitude this morning. ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago
Congratulations and thank you! Stay safe.

Congratulations and thank you! Stay safe.We forgot to post this yesterday.

Today, we celebrated a promotion with Deputy Duggan and his family. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and sworn in with the Oath of Office. We expect great things from Sergeant Duggan, and we believe that Sergeants in our office hold the greatest responsibility to their squads, the communities they serve, and this office. Congratulations, Sgt. Duggan!

#Promotion #Sergeant #Congratulations #Leadeship #teamgreen💚
... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago
💙💙💙💙Image attachment

💙💙💙💙 ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago
Congratulations and thank you! Stay safe, Officers!Image attachment

Congratulations and thank you! Stay safe, Officers! ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago
Thank you for 34 years of service! Enjoy your retirement and stay safe!

Thank you for 34 years of service! Enjoy your retirement and stay safe!Congratulations to Billy Delgado on his 34 years of dedicated service to the City of Corpus Christi. We hope you enjoy your retirement. ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago
Congratulations! Thank you! Stay safe!Image attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment

Congratulations! Thank you! Stay safe! ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

Latest Tweets

Feed Them Social: TikTok Feed not loaded, please add your Access Token from the Gear Icon Tab.

The Opposite is Also True

It is a well-established fact that if you flip a coin 100 times, the coin will land heads up around 50 times.

If rain is a possibility in a weather forecast, the prediction will usually be based on a percentage chance of that rain, such as “there is a 40% chance of rain tomorrow.”

A law of physics is that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Why am I telling you these things? Because, the opposite is also true.

If a coin lands heads up 50 times out of a hundred, it will also land tails up 50 times.

If there is a 40% chance of rain, it also means that there is a 60% chance it won’t rain.

When you take action, you should expect that there is going to be a direct and proportionately related consequence for the action that you have taken.

While these are objective, mathematical and scientific truths, I am more interested in their relationship between your focus and the one that represents the opposite side of the consideration at hand. For example, you may focus on the fact that there is a 40% chance of rain and I may be more apt to concentrate on the 60% likelihood that it won’t rain. Either way, we’re both justified in our view and our focus is valid.

The relationship between your focus and mine is also important from a subjective standpoint.

When you have a belief, or you have developed an opinion on a particular subject, how much of your belief or opinion is solely focused on your point of view? Might your opinion be altered if you considered the alternate point of view? In my opinion, the answer to that question is a resounding yes!

If your aim is to be a consistently good decision-maker, your ability to gather and understand all pertinent information prior to making decisions is going to be at the center of your ability and to make a habit of doing so will help you maintain the consistency that you will need to do make good decisions on a regular basis.

Equally important to making good decisions on a consistent basis is your ability to relate to others. If your decisions are going to be impactful and understood, you will need to demonstrate that you can relate to those around you by taking note of their views and opinions even if they contrast with yours because the opposite view is just as true to them as your views are to you.

Setting out to always agree with others will set you up to fail miserably. If your goal is to be understood and to understand what others think and why, you will be much more likely to achieve that objective.

Understanding alternate points of view and unique takes on a situation will help you to make better decisions for yourself and put you in a better position to relate to and potentially be in position to have a positive influence on those around you, especially those you care about.

If you first take the time to understand someone else and their viewpoint, you will have an easier time expressing your view and where it diverges. Furthermore, you will have a strategic advantage if you are engaged in a debate and the party on the other side of the debate hasn’t taken any time to understand you and your opinions.

Think about it. If you understand your opponents view and your own and your opponent only understands their own opinion, who will be more likely to win that debate?

For the last several years, much has been said about how polarized our society has become. For what it is worth, I think one of the main reasons for this is that many people just don’t take the time to understand alternative thoughts or ideas. Some don’t even take the time to thoroughly think through their own thoughts or ideas, but those that do are often so focused on being right that they ignore the fact that the opposite is also true.

There are definitely things that can be clearly categorized as right or wrong with no gray area, although those things don’t tend to be at issue. Many more topics, and many of them that are debated on a regular basis, are not nearly as clear cut. For those topics, there are often merits to be found in each opposing view. Those merits are often missed or ignored, however, and the result is a false prioritization for either side to win the argument, not for there to be a workable solution.

When you don’t at least consider other views, you lose the opportunity to establish common ground and, when that occurs, extremism takes over. I think this is exactly what we are experiencing in our society today. To me, it feels like our future is a lot less about moving forward together and a lot more about which extreme viewpoint will win out without any room for those who think otherwise.

Whatever our collective future holds and however the national issues are debated and ultimately decided, you can put yourself in the best possible position to make good decisions by at least attempting to understand other points of view and alternative focal points.

This is another example of concentrating on what you can do and can control and the good that can come out of that type of mindset. By the way, the opposite is also true.

Scott Arney
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Patrolmen’s Federal Credit Union

Share This Post

Recent Posts

I am drawn to the sun like the Energizer bunny is drawn to that battery of his.  I am absolutely happier when the sun is out, and I am more productive when the days (as measured by dawn to dusk) are longer. 
Love is a lot of things to a lot of people. It is often the central topic in poetry. It is interwoven into the plots of countless movies. Thousands of songs tell a story involving love. I think you will agree that, however it is defined, it is essential to life, or at least the enjoyment of life.

GO!

Learn more about Strategies for Investing at the Credit Union’s next Financial Fitness for First Responders, a free online virtual educational seminar created for Law Enforcement Officers and their families. For more information, visit our website.

GO!

Learn more about Strategies for Investing at the Credit Union’s next Financial Fitness for First Responders, a free online virtual educational seminar created for Law Enforcement Officers and their families. For more information, visit our website.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

We’d love to add you to our mailing list.