What is indecision anyway? And what exactly happens in our hearts when we are indecisive? How do we make a decision? Why do we need to make decisions? Is indecision really so bad? I can’t decide.
The Free Dictionary describes indecision this way: Reluctance or an inability to make up one’s mind; irresolution
1: indecision - doubt concerning two or more possible alternatives or courses of action; “His indecision was only momentary but the opportunity was lost.”
2: indecision - the trait of irresolution; a lack of firmness of character or purpose; “The king’s incurable indecisiveness caused turmoil in his court.”
Opportunity lost, turmoil, and lack of character? Does indecision really go this deep, is it really this important?
I want some answers! I decided to see what some other wise people had to say on the subject.
I will leave you with 21 quotes. I think the following words will change your life! They have mine!
21 quotes that will change your life
1.“The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.” – Ben Stein
2.“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn
3.“If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.”- Unknown author
4.“Sir, What is the secret of your success?” a reporter asked a bank president.
“And, sir, what are they?”
“And how do you make good decisions?”
“And sir, what is that?”
“And how do you get Experience?”
“And, sir, what are they?”
– Unknown author
5. “There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision, and for whom the lighting of every cigar, the drinking of every cup, the time of rising and going to bed every day, and the beginning of every bit of work, are subjects of express volitional deliberation.” ~William James
6.“One of the main causes of depression is that we have avoided decisions in our past.”- JJ Dewey
7.“He has sat on the fence so long that the iron has entered his soul.”- David Lloyd George
8.“Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.” –Jim Collins
9.“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” – Leonardo da Vinci
10.“The search for the perfect venture can turn into procrastination. Your idea may or may not have merit. The key is to get started.” – Unknown author
11.“If you have accomplished all that you have planned for yourself, you have not planned enough.” – Edward Everett Hale
12.“If you put off everything ‘till you’re sure of it, you’ll get nothing done.” – Norman Vincent Peale
13.“What I emphasize is for people to make choices based not on fear, but on what really gives them a sense of fulfillment.” – Pauline Rose Chance
14.“Nearly everything you do is of no importance, but it is important that you do it.” – Gandhi
15.“The percentage of mistakes in quick decisions is no greater than in long-drawn-out vacillations, and the effect of decisiveness itself “makes things go” and creates confidence.”- Anne O’Hare McCormick
16.“So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don’t sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.”- Lee Lacocca
17.“When confronted with two courses of action, I jot down on a piece of paper all the arguments in favor of each one, then on the opposite side I write the arguments against each one. Then by weighing the arguments pro and con and cancelling them out, one against the other, I take the course indicated by what remains.”- Benjamin Franklin
18.“High achievers spot rich opportunities swiftly, make big decisions quickly and move into action immediately. Follow these principles and you can make your dreams come true.”- Robert H. Schuller
19.“Changing our decision sets up a bad habit. It reinforces decision-making as an expression of bewilderment and ignorance, instead of wisdom and freedom.” – Sakyong Mipham
20.“People who fail to accumulate money, without exception, have the habit of reaching decisions, if at all, very slowly, and of changing these decisions quickly and often.” – Napoleon Hill
21.“He that leaveth nothing to chance will do few things ill, but he will do very few things.” -George Savile
(Plus, a free bonus one for laughs)
22. “Indecision may or may not be my problem.” -Jimmy Buffett
Question: Have you decided to be decisive yet?