Yes and Maybe and Being Kind of Unclear


Have you ever asked a group of people where they want to eat? Lunch plans should be easy to make. One person offers a recommendation and others agree or disagree. When two people have conflicting opinions the democratic process plays itself out until one restaurant remains. However this is rarely the case. Most often, when you ask a group of people where they want to eat you get this answer: I dont care.  I have taken dont care  recommendation several times to discover that people DO CARE. So why are we often unwilling to answer a simple question? We often want to be polite or accommodating and hesitate to offer our own opinions. This apparent courtesy may keep you in the good graces of others but it can be downright stagnating for teams.  Making decisions is one of the most useful skills that you could ever develop. Dont confuse politeness with the brackish waters of indecision. Yogi Bera once suggested that, "when you see a fork in the road, take it." People are so fearful of choosing incorrectly they fail to choose anything at all. Occluding clear decision making is the a certain way to suffocate any vision, organization, or strategy. The greatest failures of our time are not those who have attempted great things and fallen short. Today's greatest let downs are those who dont to attempt anything at all. 

Made decisions. Be clear. Dont allow yourself to operate under the feckless cloud of uncertainty. Ask yourself the question: what decisions have I been putting off? And, what decisions do I need to make today? You are better off living witht he consequences of choice than the consequences of indecision. 

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