Making a decision is the single mental move you can make which will solve enormous problems for you. Sharpened decision-making skills will improve every aspect of your personal and professional life. The health of your mind and body, the well being of your family, your social life, the type of relationships you develop are all dependent upon your ability to make sound decisions. Everything comes down to the decision to do or not do. Decision leads to outcomes. Outcomes lead to success. You can virtually eliminate conflict and confusion in your life by becoming proficient at making decisions. No one can see you making decisions but they will almost always see the results of your decisions.
Successful people make decisions quickly and firmly. Unsuccessful people make decisions slowly, and they change them often." - Napoleon Hill
You would think anything as important as decision making, when it has such far reaching power would be taught in every school, but it is not. To compound the problem, not only is decision-making missing from the curriculum of our educational institutions, it is also been absent from most of the corporate training and human resource programs available.
Indecision negatively affects your mental health, physical health, relationships, and career. The person who fails to develop their ability to make decisions is doomed because indecision sets up internal conflicts which can, without warning, escalate into mental and emotional wars. Psychiatrists describe these internal wars as ambivalence. Ambivalence is the co-existence in one person of opposite feelings toward the same objective.
Everyone, on occasion, has experienced these feelings of ambivalence. If it happens to you frequently, decide right now to stop it. If you remain in an ambivalent state for any period of time you will become very despondent and virtually incapable of any type of productive activity, (not living but merely existing). A decision or a series of decisions would change everything.
“If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” - Thomas Edison
Indecision is a cause of ambivalence, however it is a secondary cause, it is not the primary cause. People who have become very proficient at making decisions all have a very strong self-image, a high degree of self-esteem. Decision makers are not afraid of making an error. If and when they make an error in their decision, or fail at something, they learn from the experience but they will never submit to the failure.
A very basic law of the universe is “create or disintegrate”. Indecision causes disintegration. If you’re indecisive you will not only never grow, but you will miss out on opportunities.
"By making a simple decision, the greatest minds of the past are available to you. You can literally learn how to turn your wildest dreams into reality. You have limitless resources of potential and ability waiting to be developed. Be all that you are capable of being." - Bob Proctor
Many people get a beautiful vision of how they would like to live but because they cannot see how they are going to make it all happen, they let the vision go. If they knew how they were going to get it or do it, they would have a plan not a vision. There is no inspiration in a plan but there is in a vision. When you get the vision, freeze frame it with a decision and don’t worry about how you will do it or where the resources will come from.