You are driving down the road and in the distance you see a squirrel. As you approach, the squirrel darts to the left, then to the right, back to the left and then…thump! We have all experienced this scenario and it always frustrates me knowing that if the squirrel had just made a decision and followed through it would still be alive.
Many people are squirrels when it comes to making decisions. Whether you’re deciding what to eat for dinner or making critical decisions in a board meeting, indecisiveness will kill productivity in your life. While most people don’t view their inability to make a decision as a large problem, it will most likely cost them a large portion of their time and keep them from reaching the levels they are capable of.
In his book, Think and Grow Rich, which has sold over six million copies, Napoleon Hill explains that indecision is one of the main causes of failure. Individuals who fail often take a significant amount of time to make a decision and they change their decisions quickly. On the other hand, successful people make quicker decisions and once they reach a decision they are slower to change.
The ultimate cause of indecision is fear. Fear will paralyze us into taking excessive amounts of time to come to a decision. Decisions should never be made out of fear so it is important to have guidelines to follow when making decisions.
Here are some tips that I find helpful:
Don’t be a squirrel! Take control of your decisions. Make strong, swift decisions and take back the hours of lost time and the undue stress.
I want to hear from you:
What techniques do you use to help make strong, quick decisions?