People delay decisions in order to research, analyze, discuss, and debate all the virtues of one option versus the others. Often, though, we know the answer very early on; we’re just reluctant to commit to it.
And that can be a good thing – being open to listening to all the facts, to hearing out opposing views. But more often that delay is just a way to avoid putting that personal stake in the ground. Group decisions magnify the issue.
So, we make a move only when the deadline approaches, when we have no choice, when we will be compelled to move forward by factors outside of our control. The decisions and commitments finally get made.Without the deadline, sometimes, not much would happen.
A better approach might be to put more things under your control. To enforce your own self-imposed deadline, and to do it on an accelerated schedule, well ahead of the external deadline. Decide and commit early, then transfer all the worry and wasted energy of that non-committal phase into planning the best path forward. Make the deadline the starting line for implementation. Or, better yet, get a head start way before the deadline arrives.
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