Did you know that indecision is a decision in itself? When you choose to remain indecisive, you are lukewarm and that is a double mind – a very dangerous tool of trade. Hopefully, this article on the danger of indecision and how to overcome will supercharge your life.
Think about these scenarios:
- Suppose you inquire from your spouse over a family trip, you have planned for days then the response is, “I may or may not go.”
- Let’s say you are a team leader. You are asking your colleagues to take vote over a crucial and urgent matter then you realize none of them is ready to vote for or against. To make matters worse, none is ready to share their thoughts.
- You have a friend. You have a plan and you ask them whether they are into it or not then you get neither a no or a yes.
What is indecision?
Philip W., a counselor, defines indecision as the greatest dream killer. In addition to the fear of failure, lacking a vision, past thinking, and living a compromised life, he categorizes indecision as one of the five giants that delimit people from living a fulfilled life.
It is not obvious that we will always see or understand the choices we find on life’s crossroads – this makes the science of decision making crucial. I coin it a science because could we subject its propositions to the test of time, then we would tell with the ease of a breath their soundness or vagueness.
As Rabbi Moses ben Maimon affirms, “The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.” However, this does not license you to make wrong decisions.
The valley of indecision
Certainly, the ability to use decisions in liquefying life’s difficulties, stalemates, and dilemmas draws the line between progress and stagnation.
In the face of every being is an erect gate of decision behind which lies the pathway into the future. Unfortunately, most people are stuck because of the monster called fear that happens to be the lock in the gate to freedom.
Indecisiveness among individuals and leaders paralyzes individual, societal, organizational, national, and global progress.
“While the engine that drives life may be made of wisdom, strength and courage, the junctions on the road of life are chosen through consideration of options, choices, and most importantly, decisions,” says Philip W.
The ability to discern accurate options in the midst of lack of understanding is what causes some people to prosper and others to fester, deteriorate, and eventually decay.
A ship at the port needs no captain, as does a ship on voyage. It might not be ideal to wait and assume automatic cruising though this might bring solace for a while. Remember, God loves to steer a moving ship.
Indecision keeps you at the port; decision sends you navigating the waters.
Invite divinity in decision-making
Upon the establishment of a direction and the commencement of movement, God guides and supernatural and rhythmic order takes course.
At the on-set, it may seem a simple decision, but as the human efforts attract divine intervention, it soon transforms into unfathomable encounters of blessings.
An encounter with divinity never leaves man the same.
“Life is an adventure whose twists and turns demand accurate decisions, but life is also a miracle that is activated by a decision to constantly keep moving forward.”
We don’t exist to stagnate but rather to be on the move – after all life is only meaningful only we live up to the purpose of our creation.
Just as is in flipping the pages of the book to discover its content, decisions grant us access to explore new atmospheres, climb up new levels, and experience new tidings.
No neutral zones
You cannot take solace in lukewarmness in a life that has no neutral zones and no opportunities for indecisiveness. You may consider irresolution as the antidote to indecisiveness, but remember it will make things worse.
Nowhere in the history of humanity is there a promise of making choices easy. It is a hard nut to crack and sometimes can be very tough. Nevertheless, failing to decide is making a decision in itself.
Refuse responsibility and you will learn that neglect of duty is treason to oneself.
Keep the focus
At the verge of life’s purpose, there lies enticing diversions and seductive substitutes – this makes decisions a requisite as the shield of safety and guardians of destiny to keep us within the circles of our existence.
Living without a reason for existence is another form of a lethal injection patiently waiting for the curtains of the execution chamber to lift.
The beauty of distractions is irresistible. Like a harlot whose lips drip honey, wearing the face of an angel with the heart of mammon, the design of life’s distractions appeal to the eye though they are a poison to the soul.
Glow and functionality are not synonymous.
What is physically and initially presented by life to catch our attention and focus, is almost always a distraction from the real thing.
What looks like a mountain is only a setup
It’s never about conquering the mountain it’s about a mental shift to the possibility of living above the limitations that the mountain represents.
Purpose to conquer indecision and it shall loose its power over you. Yield to indecision and you shall be a slave of destiny.
Do you need the victory?
“God won’t give you victory until the fake part of challenges fade off and until the mountain ceases to exist in your mind and allows you to see the true reason why the difficulties have existed in the first place.”
The ropes of the past might be pulling you downhill, and it’s easy to fall for gravitational forces, but then, the ropes of the future needs you uphill and there is no promise of an easy journey. It is a selfless commitment, a desire to beat the odds, a must-attend-to call of duty.
You got the choice to remain indecisive and lukewarm or to make a choice and break-off your shell. There is a price to pay in both cases.
“Until the future becomes irresistible, the past will keep calling.”
Which path will you follow?
If you choose to remain in your comfort zone, you may get a transient luxury to prepare for a future of discomfort – not very far, and miss the blessings God has in store for you.
If you choose to decide and decide wisely, you will have to forgo the luxury of assuming false comfort, step out fearlessly with the lens of faith in action, and reap the blessings of divinity.
You have to make decisions to move life lest it remain stagnant. The vividness of the future must lay naked before your eyes. Open your heart to possibilities.
“The power that breaks stagnation demands that we become familiar with hard choices—because hard decisions make life tranquil.”
Transformation is a choice
You must thoroughly, yet subtly interrogate your life and allow the transforming power of positivity to run through your veins and nourish your could-be malnourished self. SWOT analysis is not limited to businesses, it is a concept you should think about and adopt into your life.
Examine you strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.
A glimpse of self-knowledge is a revelation to understand one’s voids in readiness for the acquisition or permission of a lasting remedy that we so long and heartily pursue.
Your merit in life is directly proportional to your ability to spot options or create preferences before selecting the most commendable choice and acting upon it.
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“To somebody for instance, a tree is obvious firewood, to another a curving, yet to another it is furniture in the palace of a king. The quality of your mental options determine the quality of your decisions.”
God respects your free will
Even what God has already decided to give you and has dealt with all the opposition already, He cannot hand to you what you have not chosen.
God is bound by His decision to respect your free will – it depends upon your willingness to choose what He has decided for you.
“Sometimes life will not take you higher, it will take you deeper. And if you master the wisdom to make quality decisions, being deeper will bless you more than being higher.”
When you don’t decide don’t expect anything from the Lord.
James 1:6-8; But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Galatians 6:7; Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
Psalms 119:113; I hate the double-minded, But I love Your law.
Revelation 3: 15-16; “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.
Choose to decide and decide wisely!