Ever get stuck in that gap called A*M*B*I*G*U*I*T*Y ??
You need to make a decision, but you just can’t because you are STUCK BIG TIME?! You feel paralyzed – unable to move, like you are caught in quick sand?
Well… one of the things I have learned is that when I find myself in the land of confusion it is because I don’t know my options. It’s at this point I have to get to work and educate myself on the situation. That may be grabbing my computer and doing some Google searches, seeking out someone who is qualified to speak into my life in this area, or reading a book on the subject. Or it may be a combination of them all.
If my problem is that I do know my options, but am afraid of making the wrong decision, then it’s time to muster up the courage, follow my intuition, and as Barbara Bush – wife of our 41st President George H.W. Bush – has been quoted:
“Get over it. Make up your mind and move on.”
Nice advice Barbara.
Some other advice I really like on decision making comes from Colin Powell – American Statesman and retired four-star general of the US Army:
Part I: “Use the formula P=40 to 70, in which P stands for the probably of success and the numbers indicate the percentage of information acquired.” Part II: “Once the information is in the 40 to 70 range, go with your gut.”
— Colin Powell
Do you find it interesting that Colin Powell doesn’t shoot for attaining 100% of the information? Yes, he does his homework, but there comes a point where he pulls the trigger and goes with his gut.
To have P E A C E in life, we have to master this step. And the best way is to give it a try. Whether you win or you learn, you’ve gained a valuable lesson and you can chalk yourself up yet another WIN because you’ve grown.
Yes, not only are you smarter, but you are also stronger.
And you’ve also moved out of the wasteland of ambiguity and into the wide open space of clarity.