Decisions and flexibility

A lot of people find it hard to make decisions. They like options and they want to keep them open. When we make decisions, we introduce duality. A decision cuts into the infinite field of possibilities and segments it out into a yes and a no, a scope definition, a “this is it” and therefore a large space of “this is NOT it”. And it locks it in there (at least for the moment).

And all of a sudden that vast beautiful space of infinite possibilities collapses into one. You might feel a sense of loss. But not making a decision is in itself a decision. Things will keep moving forward, this space of possibilities is ever-shifting as some close and others open. And in this VUCA world, nothing is fixed anyway. If you want to move forward, if you want to reach those goals you truly care about, there are going to be decisions along the way, and you will have to strike a balance between nailing things down and going with the flow.

How do you know which one is which? How do you balance flexibility and firm decisions? What helps you pick? How to you rearrange if need be?

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