“NOW is the time. The universe likes SPEED. Don’t delay, second-guess or doubt. When the opportunity is there…ACT!” (Joe Vitale) – from the Jack’s Winning Words blog.
I remember that there was a “Speed Kills” ad campaign some time back that had to do with behavior on the highways and speeding drivers. I also recall the advice that manufacturing Quality Control people give about speed exposing waste in manufacturing processes. As I get older time seems to pass more quickly and we certainly live in a time and a world where everything is expected “right now.”
We are all faced with split-second decisions from time to time, sometimes in some form of an emergency. We read or hear all the time about “heroes” who didn’t stop to think about the situation that they found themselves in; but, rather, rushed in to help in an emergency – maybe rushing into save someone from a burning building or pulling them from a burning car.
For most of us life does not present those types of heroic quick decisions; however, we are faced all day long with split-second decisions about how to act or react to things going on around us. Do we join in the bullying that others are engaged in against a classmate or do we jump in to stop it? Do we react in kind to a harsh or hurtful remark or stop to consider a more measured and positive response? Do we turn towards someone who needs help and ask how we can do something
or do we turn away and hope that they just go away? Those are all quick decisions that we make every day.
Taking the advice in Vitale’s quote doesn’t mean that we act instantaneously, without thought; but rather that we not
dither and end up in “coulda.woulda, shoulda” mode later. A guilty conscious is, as often as not, one that is lamenting something left undone; some decision not made; some opportunity that has passed us by. So, in that context, Vitale’s advice is sound – ACT NOW! Make a decision.
I think that a good part of being decisive in life is having a good moral basis for your life to begin with. A strong and ever-present sense of right and wrong gives you the ability to make quicker decisions. Certainly the quick “right or wrong” test of any decision is one that should be made, along with the “dangerous or safe” analysis of the situation. Just using those four criteria gives you a head start on a quick decision. If it’s right and safe that’s pretty much a no-brainer – go for it. Things that might be right but dangerous might require a bit more thought and things that are
wrong and dangerous should just be avoided. Things that are wrong but safe can sometimes be confusing; but one should always ask why I would do something that I know is wrong just because I don’t think it’s dangerous – it’s still wrong.
So go ahead and speed through life making decisions quickly as you go; however, before you go out each day check your moral compass to make sure that it is pointing you in the right direction. Keep your personal “right/wrong scale” in the forefront of your decision- making and you’ll be able to speed through the day. That will allow you to ACT Now; without acting up.
Have a great and speedy week ahead!