I have often found that making a decision, any decision at all, is better than sitting on the fence. When you are faced with a decision, gather all the information you can about the situation, weigh it carefully, sit quietly, get centered, and pray for guidance. Then act. Make a decision.
Don’t be one of those people who are always thinking about what to do. We’ve all known them. These are the ones who spend endless hours going back and forth with every decision they encounter. They suffer the “paralysis of analysis.” These are the people who, when presented with a business or investment opportunity, mull it over for so long that by the time they do decide, if ever, it’s too late and the opportunity has passed them by.
At a young age, Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates was faced with a decision that would shape his life and change the world in the process. While he was a student at Harvard, Gates saw the developing opportunity in personal computers. However, he was just a student. He also knew that time was a critical factor. If he waited too long, the window of opportunity would slam shut, and he would have missed his chance. Being the leader he is, he made a quick decision. He decided it was “now or never” and left Harvard, much to the dismay of his family, I’d imagine. The rest is history.
Not all decisions are of this magnitude. However, if you study successful people, you will discover that they all share this characteristic. They make decisions quickly and rarely change their position once they have decided.
You will make mistakes. You will occasionally make the wrong choice. This is normal. Making mistakes is one way we learn and grow. I’ve learned as much from bad decisions as I have from good ones. The more you use your decision-making abilities, the more you will learn to trust your inner voice, and the more you will fine-tune your decision-making skills.
I’m not suggesting you make snap judgments. By all means, gather all the information you need to make an intelligent decision. Pray for guidance. Listen to your inner voice. Then, when you’ve done your homework, make up your mind and take action.
Don’t agonize over every move you make, sitting on the fence while the world passes you by. Decide, and act on your decision. Learn to listen to your inner guidance and trust your own judgment.
Handbook to a Happier Life—A Simple Guide to Creating the Life You’ve Always Wanted -Jim Donovan