There is nothing worse than impulsive decision-making. In business as well as in personal affairs, those who react during the ‘heat’ usually regret it later on. It is a lesson we learn as children, as teenagers, and of course as young adults.
But as time goes by, we learn to wait before we take the leap, we get educated about the virtue of patience, and we receive daily training from life-itself through smaller or bigger problems and obstacles in order improve our judgment. That’s all very good. Then why is everybody so stressed? From middle-class people to the super-rich, from youngsters aspiring to become something great, to the all-time greats who cannot handle their success, people everywhere seem to need lots of pills, therapy, substances, and all sorts of counseling/coaching amid highly stressed lives.
The reason is that when the time comes for decision-making, these and many other types of people take too much time! For all the reasons mentioned in the paragraph above, they opt for a slow and analytical process of making decisions, thus delaying the Start, delaying the actual process, and of course, their possibility for success. When they eventually succeed, they regret the fact that it took them so long. And when they fail, it is somehow too late to start again, considering all the time and thinking already invested in plan A.
Truth is, there should never be a Plan A but ‘Attempt No.1’ and then No.2 and so on… When all the data lay in front of you for too long, you become uncertain. Aware of all the options, you end up being indecisive, and eventually passive. On the other hand, those who attack their destiny, decide quickly, and move-on committed to that decision, they make mistakes sooner, learn the lesson faster, and have plenty of time, energy, and resources to modify the plan successfully, or just abort and move on to the next one. Are investments any different? Or relationships?
Most importantly, however, you will soon discover that a slow process diminishes not only your chances of success but your overall enjoyment! Even if you make the right decision, you will feel a strange void in the end, a feeling of unfulfillment you will not be able to explain. It is because you were too stressed for too long of a period trying to decide correctly, that the initial inspiring and motivating vision you once had, got evaporated. Even if you managed to assess all the facts correctly, overassessing your possibilities and being drowned by unnecessary concerns creates a mental world where you are primarily focusing on avoiding a mistake instead of making a glorious and useful one.
Make the decision! Nobody is going to die and nobody is going to suffer as much as You will if you don’t. There will always be alternatives to choose from. If you keep going back and forth between them, you will not have the ability to try them all and see which works and why. It is always better to enjoy high-risk consequences, in success or failure, than risk-management consequences in mediocrity. And if you think that only a special kind of individual with a very particular character can cope with such an approach, it is the opposite that’s true: when you follow the quick-decision method, your very character changes much to the better, and so does you thinking.
The results might surprise you.