I used to think I am so good at making decisions. From deciding when to wake up, to what to eat, to how to spend my day, to where to spend my money, to whom to spend my time with, deciding what Coffee to order at a Starbucks, decisions are part of our daily life.
It took time to realize that doesn’t mean I was any good at making decisions. It took me a real life changing situation where I had to make a real decision to hit me hard how much ill equipped I was. Many of us make very bad decisions every day and only a few of us make good decisions consistently. Why is there such disparity in this? What keeps us from making sound decisions?
One of the common themes I noticed in myself and many of my friends and family around me was that, our common go-to decision was to no make a decision. We just comfortably postpone the decision we had to make assuming that clarity will emerge.
After several years of kicking the can down the road, I realized that this is typically fueled by the fear of failure. Low self esteem and succumbing to circumstances is why so many of us fear taking a decision.
Effective people make quick decisions and they are slow to change their decision. Ordinary people are the one who take so much time to first take a decision and they are quick to change their decision at the first sight of a hurdle.
If we have an idea, a desire, a wish, a worthy ideal, we have to make the decision to achieve whatever it is that we want. Once we make this decision, the people, resources, and ideas will be attracted to you because your belief in achievement will supersede your fears and circumstances. Your belief will be the catalyst that changes your behaviors, your actions, and ultimately your results.
I love this quote by Ronald Reagan. He said –
“The best thing that can happen to you is if you make the right decision.
The second best thing that can happen to you is if you make the wrong decision.
The absolute worst that can happen to you is when you decide not to make a decision at all.”
So, next time when you have to take a decision, Keep your focus on your visions, your worthy ideal. Refuse to worry about how it will happen – know that you are capable of anything you put your mind to and make the decision today to DECIDE WHERE YOU ARE WITH WHATEVER YOU’VE GOT.