Having many options is worth nothing unless you use at least one of them. Implementation is the only way to test.
It is well documented that having too many choices is as likely to lead nowhere as is having none. At somewhere around six choices, people shut down and refuse to budge. It is a bit like my dog when it is -20 degrees outside.
The condition is certainly known and to some extent the reason is known. It is not what you think.
All action follows a known path.
The problem arises when the person is unable to commit to one of the ways that are available. Notice! It is committing and to only ONE of the ways.
People are afraid that they may be missing a better choice by selecting only one, so paralysis sets in. What if? Uncertainty emphasizes our already well-developed sense of procrastination.
Making the decision requires more than options.
If you know what you are trying to do, know what you have to do it with and reserve the right to change your mind at an affordable cost, then any decision that could be positive is good enough.
Do your best, but recognize that perfection is a trap.
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Don Shaughnessy is a retired partner in an international public accounting firm and is presently with The Protectors Group, a large personal insurance, employee benefits and investment agency in Peterborough Ontario.