All families argue. As it is written, “Where two or more are gathered…”, while Jesus is in their midst, there will be differences in opinion among everyone else. Some of the biggest arguments a family will encounter begins with this question:
“Where do you want to go to eat?”
We were driving home from our kid’s T-Ball game when my wife and I decided it would be a good idea to grab something to eat along the way. “What do you all want to eat?” we asked our four preteen kids. Yeah, that was a bad idea. The discussion began, mostly with, “Can we go to (insert one of myriad fast-food restaurants)?” This was followed by various valuable in-depth discussions of the quality of their food and service experience we, the would-be customers, would encounter.
Meanwhile we continued driving, passing by all the restaurants. Finally, Amanda, who was about 4 years old at the time, commanded, “We’re going to Pizza Hut!!” Everyone immediately agreed, and we went to Pizza Hut. Thankfully, someone in the car had a decided heart, or we may not have eaten that day.
All of us can get into analysis paralysis. We hem and we haw, and we question our decisions before we ever act. I’m not saying analysis is a bad thing, but it is for the purpose of making a decision, you know, so that you can begin the action. This is how things get done. Analyze, Decide, Act. It isn’t – Analyze, Decide, Analyze some more, Change you mind, Analyze again, Decide, Change your mind, Repeat. But this is exactly how so many unsuccessful people operate. They are slow to decide, quick to change their mind.
Be Quick to Decide and Slow to Change
Successful people are quick to make up their mind, and slow to change. Now, I get it. It is really scary to operate this way. We do not always make the right decisions. We don’t always know all the facts (truth be told we never know all the facts). And we cannot tell what is going to happen in the future. The good news is, if you do make the wrong decision, and we will, we always have the ability to make it right.
If you are wanting to be more successful, follow these steps:
- Analyze as much as necessary. Gather the data, study the situation
- Decide what you are going to do
- Act upon this decision
I am where I am right now because of this process. I analyzed the situation, sold my nursing business, and have developed a business training other people on how to truly succeed. Yes, my focus has changed some, but my vision is still the same.
Have you ever had analysis paralysis? What are you trying to decide on right now? What is getting in your way? Comment below, or better yet, drop me an email. We can set up a no obligation 30-minute call. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you.