It’s mind-boggling, how much energy we spend on unanswered questions… pending decisions… the uncertain future.
It’s the metaphorical equivalent of sitting in your driveway with the engine on, your foot stomped on the gas pedal, all the way to the floor; furiously burning through everything in the tank, but going absolutely nowhere.
Truly, many problems are entirely outside our span of control, perhaps leading us to believe all we can do, is offer up some semblance of the serenity prayer, and simply hope for the best.
Look at the people you know, who are successful. Who achieve. Who get things done.
What trait makes them so effective at what they do, while others seem to sputter and fall?
They are able to commit. And, to reap the immediate benefits that commitment brings along with it.
When you wholly commit – to a course of action, to a strategy, to a purpose – your decision making power, authority, and focus amplifies, by definition. That’s because all the mental energy and head space that you were formerly devoting to indecision, may now be brought to bear in actually doing.
The aphorism, “Don’t let the Perfect, be the enemy of the Good Enough” gets at the heart of the power of commitment. We can freeze ourselves in place, searching for the ultimate, most perfect solution – or, we can move ahead with something that is effective and workable and acceptable – and getting one step closer to achieving what we desire, in our lifetime, rather than never.
The unmade decision is often our biggest regret. It represents opportunity lost. It represents energy lost.
And it represents future lost.
Evaluate your options. Listen to trusted advisors. Consult the Oracles. Search your feelings.
But most importantly: Decide. Commit.
Go and be you.