Decision Making

There are no completely right or wrong decisions, however, not to decide is to decide. By forestalling a decision, circumstances often foreclose your option. Making decisions is half the battle. The mere fact that you can use your mind in logical reasoning gives you a tremendous jump on most people.

You cannot look back with regrets, only ahead with learning and experience. Learn from others. Observe them and see what pleases you and what you’d like to change. If you find yourself shaking your head and saying, “There ought to be a better way,” find it!

Reading is still the best way to find out how other people live, other systems work and some of the trials and errors others have experienced. You meet people you would otherwise never encounter and get insight and motivation from their experiences. You also increase awareness of language, vocabulary, phrasing how to get an idea across and how to communicate.

There are no barriers to the written word, except the ones you place on yourself. Learn to see through other people’s eyes and share in the multitude of information available to you. Most important is your sense of humor about everything. People love to be around others who are pleasant and enjoyable. Don’t be a clown but keep that smile on your face. It’s hard to clench your teeth when you’re smiling, and it’s hard to be angry when you have a smile.

If you get in a rut, don’t stay there. Release that imagination of yours. Think about how you can be a well-rounded, interesting person. You can be anything you make up your mind to be and with the right attitude and application of the formula, success=persistence plus discipline, you’ll be the best you can be at it.

This doesn’t take money and it doesn’t require family background–but it does take time, guts and a willingness to work hard. You have absolutely no idea how many people can’t make a simple decision. If you show the people around you that you are willing to make one, right or wrong, they know you can be counted on, and if they know you aren’t afraid to make a faulty decision, they may be willing to take more risks as well.

Although I don’t want to preach making mistakes, I would much rather have you make a decision based on the input and facts you have, than to avoid making one because you’re afraid to do so.