Monday, November 01, 2004

‘Decisionitis’ can hurt you

‘Decisionitis’ can hurt you

By Bob Garon
TODAY Newspaper
Monday, November 1, 2004 12:25 AM

Many of us have some pretty good ideas that never materialize because we cannot make up our minds to move forward and take that first step. There is an old saying that reads, “The hardest step in a long journey is the first.” The reason for this is that what motivates a person to take that first step is commitment. And commitment is a decision.

Many of us have a disease that is called “decisionitis.” This sickness of character is a kind of paralysis that prevents a person from deciding on matters of importance.

Indecisiveness (“decisionitis”) is perhaps the primary cause of unrealized potential. All of us, without exception, can do more than what we are now doing. We can be better than what we are. There is potential in all of us that lies unactualized, unrealized and quiet. It is waiting for a decision to move forward for it to spring into action. All it needs is a decision to start the process.

For those who have a severe case of “decisionitis,” that hidden talent will most likely sit immobile for perhaps a lifetime.

If you can honestly and sincerely read these lines and then tell yourself that you have done all that you can do to become better than you are, then rest quietly. Stay at peace. God is satisfied with you because you have used well the talents He has given you.

If, however, you know deep in your heart that you can do more for yourself, then understand that what is keeping you from more success, happiness and satisfaction is fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of failure. Fear of being criticized and perhaps laughed at. Fear of this and fear of that. A dozen fears, or perhaps even two dozens.

It’s all about fear. What’s sad is that most of your fears are irrational. They make very little sense. This is so when friends and family can see your talent and urge you to shake off your “decisionitis” and commit yourself to action, to taking that first step that will give birth to a new initiative.

You’re not lazy. That isn’t the reason for your “decisionitis.” If you knew for sure that you would succeed, you would start moving before you finish reading this sentence. You would be off and running because we all crave for success, happiness and a better life.

We are immobilized by decisionitis because we doubt we can succeed. We fear failure and its consequences. And so “decisionitis” sets in and we can’t move. We can’t commit to an action that will bring out the best in us.

If there is something you feel you want to do; anything that will make you better than you are; something that you have been dreaming of doing, take courage and make that first step. Then watch the magic of the first step in a long journey start working.


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