A Person of Action

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Howdy, welcome back.

Just so you know, the picture above really doesn’t have a lot to do with today’s topic.  I thought it was an interesting picture… and who knows… maybe this blog is a sign for someone.  Maybe you?

After I wrote about the perils of indecision in the last posting I figured I had better give equal time to the dangers at the other end of the decision continuum…  Decisions made too quickly.

If you read the last entry you know my bias.  I believe that a person is better served in life if they make decisions quickly.

That is to say, make thoughtful decisions without unnecessary delay.  The unnecessary delay is the deadly trap of the indecisive person.

Now there are a lot of people who take making quick decisions to the extreme.  They knee-jerk their way through life creating a lot of unnecessary destruction along the way.

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They react to the whim of the moment and make a snap decision.  Unfortunately some of the snap decisions are correct and it validates the delusion that their decision making process is correct.

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Side Note: The same can be said about those that are indecisive.  They hold off on making a decision and something turns our right.  This, in their mind, justifies their indecisiveness.

Remember, “We look for evidence to validate our beliefs.”

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Here’s the key.  We should act with thoughtful diligence… not react.

There’s a big difference between Act vs. React.

In their purest form these two terms are very distinct.

Act is a controlled, measured response to something that happens, a stimulus.

React is an uncontrolled response to the stimulus.

But, like all things that involve people, few things are completely pure in their meaning.  People tend to work in shades of gray.

Some people split hairs by saying that they just make quick decisions and are fully in control - as they grab for something totally out of their butt.

And many people can make quality decisions in an instant because they have a handle on the situation.

Act does not mean slow.

The bottom line is this.  Anyone reading this blog entry has enough life experience to know where they tend to fall on the IndecisionDecision continuum.

You know if you usually drag your feet in making a decision or if you tend to be too hasty in your decisions.

Either end of the continuum is a destructive place.  There are consequences for being too slow or too fast.

The sobering reality is this.  The consequences of these styles of decision making are not limited to just the individual.  There is usually collateral damage.

So with all this blather about decision making, I have two questions.

Where do you tend to fall on the continuum?  Honestly.

What’s your decision about decisions?

Your response to the second question will tell you a lot about the first.

See you Thursday.

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