Character in Real Life - One-Minute Testimonials

DECISIVENESS – A One-Minute Testimonial Announcement

Faith Committee, Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky


Contributed by Pam Elcik
Community Leader, Fairfield, OH

February 20, 2001

Just Be Decisive

We all agree that it’s good to be decisive – wise, prompt and resolute in making decisions. Decisiveness is a strength. Indecisiveness is a weakness. Throughout history the difference has been underscored:

“Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.”

Napoleon Bonaparte

“There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision. ”

William James

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”

Theodore Roosevelt

“Nothing is so exhausting as indecision, and nothing is so futile.”

Bertrand Russell

If we think about it, the good life is about living large, about expressing the joy and love of life. It’s about song, exuberance, and “going for it”. Success depends on the courage to act, and courage in turn requires a level of faith that every opportunity acted upon will lead to more and better ways to serve, learn, grow and prosper. Life requires decisiveness, action, and boldness.

Perhaps it might help us all if we followed the advice of Yoda (in The Empire Strikes Back). “Do, or do not. There is no ‘try’.”



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