What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

Pros and consThere are times in our lives when, in spite of all the experience we’ve gained, in spite of all the books we’ve read, in spite of all the advice we’ve asked for and received, there is no clearly obvious answer to the question “Now what?”

When sitting still, when maintaining the status quo is not an option; when the pros and cons have been written down, when the risks, benefits, potential outcomes have been analyzed and then analyzed again and there is still no clear solution, then what?

When the only obvious choice is to move, close your eyes, take a deep breath and go with the option that feels right, or perhaps, just feels less wrong. Once you’ve started to move, don’t second-guess your decision even if everyone else around you is. I don’t mean you should stubbornly refuse to alter from the course; just recognize you made a decision based on what you knew and felt at that moment.

Not making a decision is a decision. Not making a choice is a choice.  Sometimes a movement in one direction is just what’s needed to clearly demonstrate movement in the other direction was the better option.  So turn around.  At least you moved.

3 thoughts on “What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

  1. http://bit.ly/1BEvFsS (amazing imagery of one of my favourite quotes):
    “Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.” – Margaret Shepard
    It is true, sometimes you can makes lists upon lists of pro’s and con’s, even lists of your pro’s and con’s of your pro’s and con’s lists. However, no matter what it comes down to… sometimes you have to just take a leap of faith.
    If you land on your feet you can look back and what an amazing experience it was. Should you stumble and fall, it may be better yet because now you get to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and have the scratches to remind you of what you learned along the way.
    Either way, be true to yourself and leap.

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