Paralysis of Indecision


Despite uncontrollable circumstances, our lives are made up of fragments of decisions that we make. From the moment we wake up, to the time we go to bed, our daily activity is made up of a series of ‘decisions.’ It may start with snoozing the alarm just one more time, going to the gym, what clothes am I going to wear, and for some others what’s for breakfast.

A quick ‘google’ search on the internet suggests that the average person makes 35,000 decisions per day. Now I know I’m a numbers person, but I can assure you that I for one cannot reconcile that many, so I’ll just agree that it must be in the thousands.

Decisions, as trivial or routine as they may be, take energy.

So, with the daily challenge of ever-mounting requests and decisions to make, many may have come across the effect of ‘paralysis by indecision.’ That is, the procrastination of doing what we have to do because we are indecisive. Indecisiveness may begin with something as harmless as ‘what do I eat for lunch today’ and progressively move to important decisions. It is a habit that often manifests for the fear of getting it wrong.

Just like ‘paralysis by analysis,’ that is you look into everything too deep and because of it you hold back from commencing. ‘Paralysis by indecision’ equally robs you of valuable life experiences. Getting it wrong is a much better option than not making a decision at all. The best decision is to simply make a decision. You will never have all the answers to every decision, but you will always have the choice to make one.

And one final comment.

Celebrate all the decisions that got you to where you are today – the right and the wrong ones. For it’s because of those past decisions that make for the perfect preparation to get you to where you want to go.