If you are a regular reader, you know how often I harp on time management. It's the entire philosophy behind the DEATHCREW movement. But something I haven't touched on very much, and something I have been really personally struggling with lately is DECISION MAKING.
For RUCKUS some big things have recently come up that are going to force us to expand as a brand and push us to change the way we do things. But, I realized with all these hard decisions in front of me, I was beginning to drag my feet and take time on stuff trying to plan every little thing. I consider myself a pretty good decision maker most of the time, but there were a bunch of areas where i began to back-slide, second-guess myself, procrastinate, and question everything - instead of simply acting. In trying to turn this all around, I was listening to a sermon today and the pastor said something that really caught my attention:
"Most people don't have the guts to make the tough decisions because they're worried about making the right decision, so they end up making no decisions, which in return is the worst possible decision to make."
We’ve all been there, right? That moment when we have to decide between one thing and another? It could be anything. Something as small as paying the electricity bill in full - or buying gas for our car with the rent money. Or it could be something as big as whether to change careers in turbulent times, or stay the course and stick it out. Making tough decisions can be both so frustrating and yet so liberating at the same time, and Im still trying to figure out how that can be.
While in my other articles I often talk about hard work and its rewards, rarely do I fess up to the fact that I am where I am, mostly because of a crazy gamble. And even rarer do I admit that I am borderline reckless with speedy decision making.
Some people wait patiently for doors to open, I tend to just kick the locked doors down. But what I'm currently learning is that making quick, yet good decisions is one of the most important qualities anyone wanting to live a successful life can have.
Don't get me wrong - Unsuccessful people aren’t wrong all the time, but they do share a pretty common trait - all the people that come to mind when I think about the word "unsuccessful", they are all very poor decision makers.
Poor decision making skills can seriously jack up your life, your work, your business, your personality and multiple other things that are your basic building blocks for any type of growth.
Dragging your feet and avoiding hard decision making is the No.1 cause of failure. If you hope to even have a long shot at becoming successful - you have to get rid of indecisiveness.
It affects so so so much more than you could ever realize. I know about this more than most because I still struggle with this daily. We drag our feet for too long... and we are growing older by the day. We sometimes spend so much time waiting and thinking, that any success we could of potentially had, is now past and irrelevant.
“Studies have shown that the most successful people make decisions rapidly because they are clear on their values and what they really want for their lives...
The same studies show that people who fail usually make decisions slowly, change their minds quickly, and are always bouncing back and forth because their values are not in place.”
Speed in decision making is one thing, but good decision making is entirely another. Becoming successful requires a mix of both. You can make a bad decision fast and drive yourself right into the ground, just like you can make a good decision too late and suffer the consequences of missed opportunity.
When I look at those who I admire most, they are people who can make a large number of good decisions, fast. No one can be perfect, and you will be wrong some of the time (I know this more than most). But if you make a decision immediately, at least you can tide over bad results - make changes - and then at least you're falling forward (see my article on falling theology).
Life is full of decisions. Its pretty simple - That’s how we all go from one place to another. If you’re not making any decisions you’re stuck in the wash cycle as life passes you by.
Wherever you are, and whatever you do, making the hard decisions is the only way you can ever hope to grow, and in turn improve your life.
A decision made fast might go wrong, but a decision that’s never made will definitely go wrong.
I hope this makes some sense.
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