Decision making roadblocks

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I like what I like.  How many times have you been asked to choose between one thing and another, you choose the thing, and then you’re asked, “What made you choose that?”  If you’re the mother of Not Quite the Plan‘s author, your answer is, “I like what I like.”

Person with question markI love the example of this mini-dilemma found in the attached article.  The blog author’s mother, I’ll call her Mrs. Mom, cuts to the chase; she doesn’t waste any time deliberating; she simply knows what she likes: she doesn’t like the cat that keeps jumping on her lap, but she does like fudge bars.  Mrs. Mom has dementia.  Perhaps because of her condition, the decisions she makes are far less complicated than they used to be.  Her measuring rod: I like what I like.

Weighing the pros and cons is a very important step in the decision making process, but oftentimes we get hung up on the P & C list and fall into the paralysis by analysis quagmire.  The list doesn’t have to be multiple pages long and it doesn’t have to be perfected before we take the first step.  What’s the worse that could happen? Let’s look at the possibilities.

  • You  hit a speed bump?
    You hit a speed bump?


  • You go in circles for awhile?
    You go in circles for awhile?


  • You have to do some work on it?
    You have to do some work on it?

    You  hit a dead end and have to start over?
    You hit a dead end and have to start over?







Okay, no problem.  When you encounter roadblocks figure out what needs to be done to get over, through, or around them.  Sometimes the pot holes help us more than hurt us.  Here’s a truth: I learned more from the difficult times in my life than I did the free-and-easy times.  In my experience, the school of hard knocks proved to be a fabulous working environment.

My final word on the matter: don’t over think.  If you do, you’re being counterproductive.  “Ah, but there’s safety to be found in the planning stages.” 

If you say so, but I’m not buying it.

4 thoughts on “Decision making roadblocks

    Kathy said:
    May 1, 2015 at 11:41 am

    You wrote: “I learned more from the difficult times in my life than I did the free-and-easy times.” So true. I think of all the things I’ve been through. There were some very difficult times in my life. I had an accident at age 2 and had a greater chance of dying than living. I am a survivor. What I’ve been through – the pain, the heartache, the times when I’ve thought how am I going to get through this – have changed me. But these experiences have made me stronger and given me a different perspective on many things in life. Challenges may be difficult, but they can help you to see the value in things, the value of life itself. Very well written. Thanks for sharing.


      boomer98053 responded:
      May 1, 2015 at 11:47 am

      You’re very welcome Kathy. It was so great to see your newest entry on your Blog. You’ve been missed.

      Liked by 1 person

    Jill Weatherholt said:
    April 29, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    This is perfect, Irene! Just what I needed to hear. Where have you been the last couple of weeks? 🙂


      boomer98053 responded:
      April 29, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      Thinking up this story I guess. We all need encouragement to make a move. I am guilty of writing a list of things needing to be done and never getting to the bottom of it. Sometimes you just have to pull the trigger.

      Liked by 1 person

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