How much advise is too much? Is there such a thing? There’s safety in many advisors says the Proverbs. The question is when should you “cut off” the advice. When should you stop listening to what others say and make a decision?
There are some decisive points the advice needs to end. Here’s a few options.
- The point the decision needs to be made. This could be as simple as when in a restaurant the server is there to take your order – or as complicated as the timing of a life-changing event.
- The point of overwhelm when you’ve gotten so many thoughts it is causing confusion and delay.
- The point when you know the right thing to do but keep gathering information and postpone taking action.
What decision is before you today? What advice have you received. Are you at the point of needing to act? Is all the advice keeping you stuck in a rut?
Procrastination is living in a state of throwing off any opportunity to proceed forward.Anne W. Gurley
Instead of continually listening to all the advisors in your life, decide today to move forward by making the best decision with the advice you have.
Here are some action steps you can take to help you decide and make progress.
- Set aside a number of minutes to evaluate all the advice you’ve received.
- Write down everything that comes to mind you’ve been told.
- Categorize the list by authorities in your life (experts, trusted friends/family, specific Bible passages).
- Decide and write down your decision. Include three pieces of advice you have as the reason (foundation/framework) for this decision.
- Do the decision.
Move forward in your life knowing you made the best decision with the information you had. Do not let doubt or fear rob you of the intense happiness you can experience in deciding and moving forward.
Here is a decision you can use for practice: What will you think about today?
- Set aside some time.
- Write down all the possible things you could think about today. Be sure to include Philippians 4:8 in your list.
- Categorize all the possible things to think about by the authority of who gave the advice. (Experts, Trusted friends/family, Specific Bible passages).
- Decide and write down your decision. List three reasons this is the best decision.
- Do the decision.
Don’t stay stuck. Each decision forward you make keeps you moving forward. Be confident in the decision you have made. If for any reason it wasn’t the best decision, be confident; God will make it known to you. (Philippians 3:15)
Written By: Anne Gurley