Lead on Purpose

Promoting Leadership Principles in Product Management


The plight of indecision

Indecision is a key cause of lethargy and lack of productivity. Indecision begets procrastination. Indecision robs people and companies of enthusiasm, purpose and ultimately success.

Indecision is the thief of opportunity. -Jim Rohn

Indecision is often worse than wrong action. -Henry Ford

There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision. -William James

Understanding the meaning of the word ‘decision’ sheds light on the reason for indecision. When you make a decision you quite literally cut yourself off from other alternatives. You settle on one option at the expense of all others. You settle on a single alternative after having many options. Whittling down the options to one can be downright scary. Not wanting to limit yourself to one option is the plight of indecision.

Do not let indecision run your life. When you are faced with a choice, carefully — but quickly — weigh the options, select the one you believe works best, and leave the rest behind. Don’t look back. Don’t second guess yourself. Move forward with confidence.

Leadership requires the ability to make decisions.

The Product Management Perspective: Indecision can mean the death of a successful product release. When you encounter decisions that must be made about your product, get the information and make the decision. Don’t procrastinate; your product’s success requires your willingness to make tough decisions.