Indecision Kills

Indecision Kills

"Left or right? Just make a decision!"

Have you ever experience the frustration and pain of following after a leader who is ever indecisive? At best, he may just waste people’s time, effort and resources for doing nothing or the wrong things. At worst, lives may be lost.

I rewatched the movie Battle Los Angeles recently. It’s about a marine staff sergeant who just had his retirement approved, goes back into the line of duty in order to assist a 2nd Lieutenant and his platoon of US Marines as they fight to reclaim the city of Los Angeles from alien invaders. The Lieutenant probably had never encounter a close combat like the one he had with the aliens except in classes (he was top in his class). And this time he ambushed for real together with his marines. Staff sergeant Nantz kept asking Liutenant Martinez for his orders at various junctures as his men was getting killed left and right, but he was too scared to give any, fearing that his orders will cause more of his men killed. What Sergeant Nantz said next stayed with me:

“Your men are awaiting orders. Now, you can go right, you can go left. I don’t give a damn. Just make a decision!” ~Sergeant Nantz in Battle Los Angeles.

At crucial times like that, making a decision is better than none at all, regardless if it’s the right one or not. Sometimes, there is no right decision. But the people under the leadership have got to know what to do, they have to stay united even especially under fear. They need a command so they can stick together doing it. Indecision will only make things worse. Indecision kills.

Here are some fit mind questions for you:

1) How aware are you of your decision making processes?

2) Do you often procrastinate due to indecision, always waiting for the right one?

3) How confident are you of your decision making ability?

4) How comfortable are you of the outcomes of your decisions? If not, why?

5) If your decision making ability is like muscles, how often are you ‘exercising’ to strengthen them?

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