3 Reasons to Put a Decision on Hold
Reason #1: You Are ANGRY.
We've all been here at some point. Let's say you had a rough start to your day at home. How many times has that mess of negative feelings followed you to work or school, then colored the whole rest of your day in negativity? Acting out on our emotional side can cause us to make some really poor decisions. So the next time you are angry and you just want to lash out at someone, take a deep breath and let it go. Put that decision on hold until you've calmed down.
Reason #2: You Are TIRED.
When we are exhausted or sleep deprived, our decision making skills are impaired. Many of us try to make decisions when we are falling asleep. Prodding our brains to reason out an important decision just before bedtime revs our brain into overdrive and can keep us awake, giving us yet another sleepless night and perpetuating the state of exhaustion during the next day. Don't try to think about emotionally charged situations when you are trying to sleep. You could literally drive yourself batty and sacrifice your body's well being in the process.
Reason #3: You Are Rushed.
People who make snap decisions while in a rush, often end up regretting these decisions. It's hard to make a speedy decision when you have lots of facts to consider. the more options people must choose from, the more time is needed to make a sound, rational choice. On the flip side of this decision-making dilemma, when people make a quick, rushed decision about something potentially huge, they will frequently carry some degree of guilt about their decision no matter what they choose to do.
Good Practices in Decision Making
When you are angry, tired, or rushed give yourself a break. Don't let others pressure you into making a quick decision. Seek God's wisdom over every aspect of your choices. Obviously there are decisions that can't be put off forever. You can't camp out in, "Analysis Paralysis," land. The key is don't put off looming decisions to the last minute. That causes undue stress. Make important decisions in the morning when you have a fresh clear mind. When you have an important decision to make, set aside a little time each morning to think and make a list of pros and cons as well as who will be impacted by your decision. These strategies will help you reason logically through complicated decisions. I believe that you will be far more pleased with the outcome of your decision. Make your decisions carefully and with God's help. Put God first in everything and He we crown your efforts with success. We can be peaceful and content knowing God will point us in the right direction. Allow God's wisdom to rest upon you.
"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God who
gives generously to all without reproach, and it will
be given him." ~ James 1:5