My history has been ‘think it through quickly, decide, act and then pay for my decision – sometimes in cash, often with anguish – because regret always shows up much later’. And recurs years later at each reminder of times I did something stupid or wasteful.
I mean, I would like a nickel back for every dollar I’ve wasted on hasty decisions. Things, services, printing, misadventures, products – in advancing some half-baked business strategy, new venture or adventure.
Yet it seems there are two sides to that memory/regret v. non-regret coin.
Because so many of my ‘best things done’ started that way – quick decisions, immediate action and things worked out well.
But how many did, and, is that the best way to decide?
Easy enough if it is an article idea – a few keystrokes, a pages printed off is a small investment of time and a zero investment of money. My riskiest and best adventures began that way, so I have faith in those choices, those beginnings. As my life has less time ahead of me than it does behind me, I’m not anxious to waste a lot of time doddering over a choice.
Or, as two-handed man said, “on the other hand” – there is value and plenty of lessons in hesitation, which is not to mean going slow is either / or, good or bad, but hesitation until the choice is right, real and really important. And then, you know. I mean, YOU JUST KNOW. And then it’s easy.
I don’t know if I’m making better decisions, but some things have been working out better lately.