Wesley McGuire Elbert, CO, United States
As far as decision making I have frequently procrastinated, however I never called it procrastination. You see I have formed a habit, a subconscuious way of thinking very much in need of change, where I was giving myself far too much credit for being wise and patient in the decision making process.
While wisdom and patience are indeed virtues, they can also be used as justification or a disguise for the fear of failure and the fear of man.
Fear of failure and the fear of man, (or fearing what others will think of your decision especially should the results be not as hoped) are rooted in one's self esteem (actually the lack thereof), and thus the perceived need to make the perfect decision at all times, everytime. Not to mention the perceived pressure of being required to make the only decision that fits into the precise and perfect will of God in order to please and be accepted by God.
With this damaging and destrctive way of thinking, a person will not only procrastinate in the decision making process but may actually end up practiaclly paralyzed mentally and not make a decision at all. And we all know not making a decision is in and of itself, a decision, and not a good decision!
I forget where I heard this recently, possibly in another brilliant persons lesson that I already read this week, but somewhere recently I read the concept that obviously the correct decision is the best decision. The next best is the wrong decision. And the worst is no decision at all. That thought challenged my perfectionist way of thinking to realize that a wrong decision is actually a better decision than no decision at all! Wow!
I hereby declare victory in the battle of my mind for my self worth so I will at least make a decision!
Say hello to self worth and say good bye to procrastination!
May we all have tremedous progress, victory and success in kicking procrastination out of our decision making while being men and women characterized with genuine wisdom and patience.
Thank you Michael, Bob and all participating for the encouragement on the emphasis of How to Think, not What to Think.