How quick are you in making decisions? Do you procrastinate for so long, there is a large queue behind you at the checkout counter? If so, what was going through your mind?
It is usually due to a fear of some sort – fear of making the wrong choice or decision, fear of criticism, fear of not being perfect etc.
You are being ruled by your fears and leads to confusion!
When you opt to be neutral, you are being chicken – taking the easy way out, which is no way to do anything well. You are being ruled by fear. Stop that and step up to the plate. Take a position and you can move on to other things.
Do you know any successful person who is slow in making decisions? Or even worse, doesn’t make a choice? No-one would remain successful for long if they were indecisive – in fact, I don’t think they will be successful in the first place.
Being decisive goes hand in hand with taking responsibility for your decisions – they will mostly turn out to be right, but if they turn out to be wrong, so be it. If you are so afraid of being wrong, know that you can’t ever be successful.
When you hesitate, you lose the moment of maximum opportunity – it’s slim to no pickings afterwards – the decisive people, the action takers have already acted and are well ahead.
If you live in fear of taking risks, your success will be inversely proportional (sometimes exponential) to the degree of your fear, in other words, diminishing sharply.
Make a definite and quick decision and stand by it: that is one of the marks of a true leader.
“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”
~ John F Kennedy: paraphrasing Dante’s Inferno