It’s Time for Decisiveness
After a weekend of reading books, blogs and newsletters, I realized it is now time for decisiveness and action. No more excuses! Too many people are just talking about doing things – change, opportunities, ideas are everywhere. Yet, action seems to take a back seat.
Clearly if we are to change our future – personally or business – action is the key to getting us to the goal. And, making a decision is the starting point. Once you make a decision to do something your energy level and emotional commitment increase. Yet, many people fail at this simple step.
Indecision is the killer of progress. Confusion and doubt lead the fight against progress. These emotions are based upon the fear of failure. If your fear of failure is higher than the drive to accomplish and achieve goals or solve your major problems – then life is a scary thing.
I believe that life was designed by the master designer to come with challenges and obstacles in our path. It is our responsibility to learn from these challenges, design our lives to deal with challenges and become accountable for our accomplishments in life. Again, the starting point is learning how to become decisive.
The ability to make decisions is the starting point – not the end point. In fact, just making any decision can have negative consequences if no thought is applied to the decision. So, let me clarify my starting position:
“The Best Decisions are based on thoughtfulness of action, which ultimately becomes the right decisions due to the outcomes and results gained.”
The only time to go slow is the thoughtfulness part of the equation. Think about the possible outcomes before you commit to a series of action steps. Identify a minimum of three alternative paths to get to the outcomes you target. Pick the best alternative relative to the effect or impact of the outcome. By the way, this process can be done in nanoseconds for the more experienced or a couple of hours if necessary for exploring alternatives. However, days, months and years of delay are not part of the options.
Delay is a nice word for procrastination – the great killer of initiative. Make a decision and take immediate action to launch. Your energy levels will increase, your ideas will flow and your probability of success increases with each step toward your goal.