When To Make Decisions

Many people make decisions when things aren’t going well. They look for relief in the despair of the valley instead of waiting for the clarity that comes from being on the mountaintop. Why? Because it takes a lot of effort to get to the mountaintop. And when you’re experiencing the darkness of the valley, it’s always tempting to make changes that you hope will relieve the discomfort.

When you are on top of the proverbial mountain, that is the time to make decisions. Here’s why:

• You can see your situation more clearly.
• You are moving to something, not just from something.
• You leave those around you in a better position.
• You decide using positive data, not negative.
• You are more likely to move from peak to peak instead of valley to valley.

On the other hand, when you’re in the valley, the most important thing you can do is persevere. If you keep fighting, you’re likely to get your second wind, just as distance runners do. And it’s said that only when runners are exhausted enough to reach that place do they find out what they can truly accomplish. If you keep persevering while you are in the valley, not only will you likely make it to higher ground where you can make better decisions, but you will also have developed character, which will serve you well throughout life.

—The Difference Maker – John Maxwell



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