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To Choose or Not to Choose, THAT is the question…

Posted by georgiannasaysjustdoyou on April 30, 2010

[this is a re-post of my very first blog!  Not because I have run out of material, but because given the direction of many recent discussions, it seems appropriate]

I am so original, I know. But how many times have you had a choice in front of you that seemed impossible? Have you ever just procrastinated on a decision hoping it would take care of itself? Or hoped that maybe, possibly, somebody else would make the decision for you?
I NEVER have, so I am just guessing at what that might be like. Okay, so maybe I have.
At the end of the day, not making a choice either way is a choice. It is your default choice. The choice to do nothing.

The thing you have to know is that doing nothing has consequences.

Purely for the sake of having a tangible example, let’s say you have a shut off notice from the electric company. You have a few choices (assuming you have the funds). Pay the bill to avoid shut off, contact the company to make a payment plan, or do nothing. Each one has a consequence. Depending on how you feel about having electricity in the house, it could be good, neutral or bad. Doing nothing does not make the bill disappear. Doing nothing will get your electricity turned off. It might not be immediate, but that is the eventual outcome. So doing nothing has a tangible consequence. Is it one you can live with?

Are there decisions that you are procrastinating on making? Beware, making no decision or movement can have unintended consequences. Make sure you know how much time you have to make your intended choice!

And yes, it can be difficult. Sometimes none of the choices before us feel good. Just know that ignoring the choice doesn’t make it go away. Life is full of hard choices. It helps to have people in your life that you trust and that you can talk to when you have hard choices to make. The idea is not to have them make your choices for you, but to have them be sounding boards so that you can make up your own mind. When we let others influence us or make decisions only based on what someone else thinks, it makes it easier for us to blame them for the outcome and not take responsibility. Being true to yourself is partly about accepting responsibility for our actions (or inaction).

I look forward to your feedback, thoughts and questions. I do not have the answers, but I always have thoughts…


2 Responses to “To Choose or Not to Choose, THAT is the question…”

  1. Barbara Jean Bohanon said

    I’m glad you reposted this blog, I hadn’t previously read it and it’s right on!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  2. Philip said

    I think nowadays there are too many situations where people are able to make choices without suffering any consequences, or worse not caring about the consequences. A lot of the problems with Wall Street for example with derivatives. It seems there is no accountability and when mistakes are made someone else suffers the consequences. Eventually one hopes some of those who have taken advantage of others get what’s coming to them, but in terms of making our own choices it really makes you cautious and hopefully more perceptive about what you’re getting into when you make a decision be it financial or otherwise.

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