Every December 31 is Make Up Your Mind Day. This is the day when you take a look at all those decisions you have put off this year, and just make up your mind and decide.
Some of us are chronic over-thinkers. This describes me. I can always see multiple sides to the same question, and analyze them to see which is best in the short run, which would be best in the long-term and which would make me happiest (or save the most trouble.) But the time comes when a decision must finally get made and the consequences be faced. Or perhaps you are a procrastinator. You just put off making that decision from laziness or whatever. Or perhaps you hate to commit to one particular thing, keeping your options open. Or perhaps a decision is simply too big and too frightening, such as leaving your job. Or perhaps something just seems so big you don’t even know where to start making a decision.
I’m a Quaker, and we have a way for dealing with big issues. It’s called a Clearness Committee. It’s more structured than this, but basically, you call together a group of friends whom you know will be honest with you, and have them ask you questions to help you think it through. When done well, it is an amazing tool for helping to make a decision.
So today’s the day! Stop over-thinking. Stop procrastinating. Make a commitment. Make up your mind!
Here are some quotes in decision-making to inspire you.
Again and again, the impossible problem is solved when we see that the problem is only a tough decision waiting to be made.–Robert Schuller
A bad decision well implemented is better than a brilliant decision not well implemented.–Peter Schutz
Decision is the spark that ignites action. Until a decision is made, nothing happens….–Wilfred A. Peterson
Each of us is the sum total of the decisions we make each day.–Dr. Myles Monroe
Freedom is the opportunity to make decisions…–Kenneth Hildebrand
Frustration can become like a chain…and it can strangle your efforts for success … or you can get the key out and open the lock. Oh the key? The key of Decision that unchains the future.–Doug Firebaugh
The greatest accomplishment began as a decision once made.–Michael Rawls
I invented this rule for myself. I would sort out all the arguments and see which belonged to fear and which to creativeness, and other things being equal I would make the decision which had the larger number of creative reasons on its side.–Katharine Butler Hathaway
In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do. The worst thing you can do is nothing.–Theodore Roosevelt
The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , the process is its own reward.–Robyn Davidson
The opposite of fear is not happiness, it is decisiveness. Have no fear; happiness is to be found in having made a decision.–Michael Rawls
When a decision has to be made, make it. There is no totally right time for anything.–General George Patton
Women need to see ourselves as individuals capable of creating change. That is what political and economic power is all about: having a voice, being able to shape the future. Women’s absence from decision-making positions has deprived the country of a necessary perspective.–Madeleine Kunin
No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently.–Agnes de Mille
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