We live in a world that presents us with a myriad of choices.
When you go to buy a new pair of pants, you have dozens of options from which to choose.
When you look for a restaurant to eat from, search for a new career or have to make a decision regarding which school your kids will attend, you have dozens of options from which to choose.
Which choice do you make?
And what if you make the wrong choice?
We’ve all had buyer’s remorse.
We’ve all made a decision that we later regretted, so we become more hesitant about the next one and get to a point where we end up making no decision at all.
We end up with paralysis by analysis and make no choice at all.
Let me encourage you today to stop worrying about making the wrong choice and be more concerned about not making any choice at all.
You’re smart enough not to make a stupid decision, so don’t fret about that.
Just make a decision.
Philosopher William James once said, “When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that in itself is a choice.”
Another philosopher, Maimonides expanded on this thought saying, “The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.”
If it turns out to be the wrong one, it’s not the end of the world. You just learn from the experience, apologise to anyone you’ve hurt, make a new decision and keep moving.
I see more conscientious people who are paralysed by fear than those who are living with the consequences of bad choices.
What about you?
Do you worry so much about making the wrong decision that it stops you from making any choice at all?
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