Chapter 8- Decision: The
Mastery of Procrastination
Napoleon Hill begins the chapter with, “…the fact that lack
of Decision was near the head of the list of the 30 major
causes of Failure. This is no mere statement of a theory—it
is a fact. Procrastination, the opposite of Decision, is a
common enemy which practically every man must conquer.”
The accumulation of fortunes come to those who practice the
habits of reaching decisions promptly and of changes those
decisions slowly and only if really necessary. Those fail to
accumulate money will always have the habit of reaching
decisions, if any very slowly, and will often change those
decisions quickly and often"
WHY is it so hard to make a decision? I only have to stop and
think, really be a critical thinker, and realize everything I
do, everything that happens to me, and where I am today is
based on a decision, “to do or not to do” “yes or no” “do it
now or l will wait”. Every action or non-action is a decision.
We have all heard the story of the 5 frogs sitting on a log
and one decided to jump how many were left on the log? “5”
one only decided to jump not that he did jump. The death of
all decisions is procrastination.
“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of
my decisions.” Stephen Covey
My green personality had to know what causes or prevents
effective decision-making and opens the door to procrastination.
I discovered the following:
1 Not enough information which makes me feel like I am making
a decision without all the facts.
2 Too much information or “analysis paralysis” which is like
not seeing the forest because of all the trees.
3 Too many people or voices with all of those opinions of how
I am supposed to do it or why what I doing won’t work.
4 Vested or selfish interest “I have to be always right”.
5 Emotion attachments or the holding on to the status quo,
or the as the preacher said, “That is just the way we have
always done it.”
6 No emotional attachment, or “I just don’t care”
Many of these issues can be overcome by using a structured
decision-making process. This will help to: Reduce more
complicated decisions down to simpler steps; See how any
decisions are arrived at; Plan decision making to meet
deadlines. Most importantly take action.
PS: The most difficult thing is the decision to act" Amelia Earhart