Thursday, May 22, 2008

Decisions, Decisions

Originally uploaded by Steven L.

"Indecision is debilitating; it feeds upon itself; it is, one might almost say, habit-forming. Not only that, but it is contagious; it transmits itself to others." ~ H. A. Hopf

It's easy to shy away from decisions. It doesn't matter how large or small they may be. Ask a friend where they want to eat for lunch and they may say something like, "I don't care. You decide." With that, the onus is now back on you. Face a situation where you must decide between a promotion that requires you to relocate or miss the promotion you've always wanted by remaining where you are, and you can find yourself in the same situation: Unable to make a decision.

Indecision is actually a decision. It's the decision to make no decision.

Some Questions To Consider

  • When a difficult decision is required, how often does indecisiveness actually cause the decision to go away?
  • How often does it make things better?
  • How often does it make things worse?
  • Wouldn't you benefit from being a little more decisive?
I know you're smart enough to know the answer to all of those questions. So decide today that indecision will no longer be an option. When a friend asks where you want to eat, tell them your favorite restaurant! And on those even more important life decisions, consider them wisely and throw aside the fear that comes from indecision.

In ancient Rome
There was a poem
About a dog
Who found two bones
He picked at one
He licked the other
He went in circles
He dropped dead

Freedom of Choice by DEVO

Yeah, I just quoted a song by DEVO. I never said all decisions were good ones.

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