Do you always take your time before deciding most things?
Or do you just jump in to make it happen for you?
Most of us have been brought up to be cautious and to weigh up everything before starting on anything.
Some cultures have this characteristic more than others but generally most people ponder a long time before committing to any thing.
“Don’t wait for your ship to come in, swim out to it.” – Cathy Hopkins
“Look before you leap” is a commonly known phrase which implies you should think carefully about the possible results or consequences before doing something.
But where does this “looking before leaping” stop and how does it impact your life?
On a personal front, I have been quite indecisive on many occasions, both in my personal and business life. This has often resulted in procrastination and frustration at not being able to move forward.
Clearly there comes a time when you have to stop looking and simply leap:-
1. Make a Decision – Just Decide!
Some people simply cannot decide on anything – they forever weigh up the pros and cons of something and just cannot choose the path forward.
If you are like this, simple as it sounds, just do this – decide! Toss a coin if you need to, but make a decision and then stick to it.
Remember so often it’s now or never.
2. Don’t Lose out on Opportunities
An opportunity often comes your way and by waiting for too long, it will pass you by. This could mean missing out on for example a lucrative business opportunity or a potential date.
So learn to weigh up what’s in front of you and then go for it.
At the same time, this doesn’t mean you throw all caution to the wind. Do some quick risk analysis as appropriate, but do not let that become a reason to hold back either.
“Action without knowledge is useless and knowledge without action is futile.” Abu Bakr
3. Stop Being a Perfectionist
Looking for that perfect time or that perfect opportunity could mean you waiting for ever.
Don’t wait for something better around the corner which may never come. Just weigh up your options and just make the most of what you have in that moment rather than waiting for things to become “better” before jumping in.
4. See Everything as a Learning Opportunity
If you see everything as a learning opportunity, you will know that there is no failure or mistakes, only life lessons.
Knowing that you cannot fail either way no matter what happens frees you up to get more things done and to get involved at an earlier stage.
5. Work Around any Cultural and Religious Restrictions
Sometimes the society or culture you live in may inhibit you from moving forward rapidly. For instance, in some society groups, you may need approval from elders for major decisions or you may be bound by some religious restrictions.
If that’s the case, then do consult elders or religious leaders for guidance. However at the end of the day you have to do what feels right for you.
The Way Forward
What I have learnt in my life is that so often by making a decision and taking action, things do work out for the best whereas if I had continued to wait they might not have.
Then again, things might have worked out if I had waited – which is why life is so interesting. You just never know what’s going to happen next or what’s around the corner.
But my key learning has been that by taking some action and leaping in, I have more often than not made things happen – and I for one would rather be in that situation than to do nothing and wait for things to happen.
So what about you?
Would you rather wait or would you prefer to leap before looking?
Please do share your insights and your own experiences below.
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