Monday, August 22, 2005


A friend and I were walking and he had an easy choice to make, but struggled anyway. I mentioned that he would be decisive again one day. He questioned whether or not his past decisiveness was part of his current problems. He feared being too rigid again.

My point is this.

A decisive man is able to make a decision based on available facts or ideas. An indecisive man will worry about all of the variables and use circular logic to forestall any choices. Being decisive does not lead to stubbornness. A truly decisive man may change his viewpoint as needs arise, but still does not worry about invisible causalities.


Signing out,




  1. Anonymous22/8/05 07:05

    There may exist a danger in some people from being too decisive. Somehow, it seems what used to be termed "pig-headed," and "stubborn" has now become "resolute" and "steadfast." One needs the ability to second-guess their decisions if the cirucmstance proves necessary. W, I'm looking your way...

  2. I tend to agree that "almost" any decision can and should be made in a short amount of time. The rest is simply trying to talk yourself out of your instinct or true framework.

    From the book Book of the Samurai; HAGAKURE ...

    In the words of the ancients, one should make his decisions within the space of seven breaths. Lord Takanobu said, "If discrimination is long, it will spoil." Lord Naoshige said, "When matters are done leisurely, seven out of ten will turn out badly. A warrior is a person who does things quickly."