December 27, 2007.
"We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Make a decision - sometimes just the mere mention of these words send a chilling jolt down the spines of some people. Granted, there are some individuals who regularly make life defining choices daily; seemingly with the greatest of ease. However, many more have a great deal of difficulty making important decisions when they need to be made. Then, of course, there are others who have a hard time just deciding what shirt to put on in the morning.
Regardless of which decision-making category each of us falls into, it is imperative that we condition ourselves to face up to life's most demanding moments and to make choices when they must be made. If we don't, someone else will most assuredly make them for us.
"The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts."
Booker T. Washington
It's not unusual for people to wait, hesitate and generally procrastinate whenever big time decisions must be made. As a matter of fact, too many folks have made delaying, dawdling and dilly dallying a fine art form. Rather than just making a move and getting on down the road, they can never seem to get around to pulling the trigger when important decisions must be made.
They never seem to fully grasp the notion that the only way to get where they want to go in life is to, well... get going. And get going right now. And that means making decisions, taking chances and yes, making mistakes as well. If we don't, it is almost a sure-fire bet we won't realize our dreams.
"Why not upset the apple cart? If you don't, the apples will rot anyway."
Frank A. Clark
Some people make the honest mistake of waiting and hoping for the perfect time and the perfect place to somehow come along and drop into their laps. They want to make a decision, they want to make a move, but wanting is about as far as go. When push comes to shove, they fail to push back. And they end up sitting on the sidelines while they watch others zoom right past them.
Let's face it; if we are going to make our mark, we must be willing to make our move. Not sooner or later, but right now. Look, there's no need to wait for the so-called perfect place or perfect time to get started. Things are never going to be perfect. But that doesn't mean that we shouldn't give it a whirl anyway. And since we're going to get it a shot, could there be a better time or place to get going than right where we are right now?
"In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing."
Life offers up an endless parade of challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. In fact, sometimes the conditions are way less than perfect. So what? By boldly making one decision after another, you get the ball rolling and begin your ascent to the top. Now does that mean you won't fall down? No. In fact, it's a certainty that youre going to fall and fail repeatedly. But that's OK - as long as you get up, get better and get going again. And will every decision you make be right on the money? Nope, not even close. But that's OK as well. Bad decisions can be corrected, errors amended. It's the decisions you never make that end up costing you the most.
With each step you take, each setback you endure, each mistake you commit, you grow stronger, smarter and more self-confident. And as you continue to get better with each passing day, you'll discover that your setbacks and bad decisions grow less frequent and not coincidently, less stinging as well.
Your choices get better, your results get better and best of all, your life gets better when you have the courage to make decisions. But all of these 'better' things only occur when you do what you need to do, when it needs to be done. If you don't, they won't.
The Bottom Line: If you're ever going to get it done, you've got to get started right now.
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