“In the words of the ancients, one should make his decisions within the space of seven breaths. It is matter of being determined and having the spirit to break right through to the other side.” – Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
Or better yet, a lack of decisiveness.
It’s killed more good ideas and more dreams than illness, misfortune and laziness combined.
Here’s my take on how to grab indecision by the jugular so you can claim your rightful, exalted destiny in this world:
Learn to put less weight on your decisions.
You see there’s a cognitive bias known as the “one-page bias.”
Using this filter, we tend give too much significance to the things that happen in a single day, and not enough significance to what happens over a year, or a decade. In other words, we’re making *little* things count more than they should.
If for no other reason than your peace of mind, know this…
One day is one day.
It’s a page, in a chapter, in a section, in the book that is your life.
What happens on that page generally matters much less than you think it does, you’re just not in the habit of looking at it that way.
The truth is, ultimately, NOTHING matters.
Fifty thousand years from now the sun will have cooled, and the earth will be nothing more than a big ball of ice.
That’s a fact.
It’ll be like we never existed.
I’m not trying to be nihilistic or depressing.
Things DO matter in their own time and place.
However, learning to take a broad perspective helps you to not go blowing sh*t all out of proportion. It’s liberating. It frees you to TAKE ACTION because you aren’t unevenly weighing the consequences of every choice. You’ll be more relaxed, resourceful and positive, which helps you make better choices, too.
I’m all for thoughtful consideration.
What I’d spare you is the ‘paralysis by analysis’ that held me back for so long.
Remember, today’s only ONE PAGE OF YOUR LIFE.
The story will go on.
You’ll have the chance to write a new chapter.
Starting TODAY, no more indecision, ok?
Tell yourself, “ultimately, nothing matters.”
And go for it.
At some level you know what to do, you’re just not letting yourself do it.
For many of my success stories, simply making the decision to call me was the first step in a journey that changed their life.
Here’s your chance to practice being more decisive:
Did you pass the first test?
Now go make it a great day.