Quotes on Decisiveness

The percentage of mistakes in quick decisions is no greater than in long-drawn-out vacillations, and the effect of decisiveness itself "makes things go" and creates confidence. Anne McCormick Quote Details

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Business is dependent upon action. It cannot go forward by hesitation. Those in executive positions must fortify themselves with facts and accept responsibility for decisions based upon them. Often greater risk is involved in postponement than in making a wrong decision. Harry Hopf Quote Details

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This is what I found out about religion: it gives you courage to make the decisions you must make in a crisis, and then the confidence to leave the result to a higher power. Only by trust in God can a man carrying responsibility find repose. Dwight Eisenhower Quote Details

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Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with graciousness or oppose with firmness. Charles Hole Quote Details

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Have confidence in your decisions. Make them expeditiously, and stay with them as long as you believe you are correct no matter what others say. However, when you conclude you were in error, do not hesitate to announce the error publicly and change course. Edward Kock Quote Details

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Good leadership involves responsibility to the welfare of the group, which means that some people will get angry at your actions and decisions. It's inevitable, if you're honorable. Trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity: you'll avoid the tough decisions, you'll avoid confronting the people who need to be confronted, and you'll avoid offering differential rewards based on differential performance because some people might get upset. Ironically, by procrastinating on the difficult choices, by trying not to get anyone mad, and by treating everyone equally "nicely" regardless of their contributions, you'll simply ensure that the only people you'll wind up angering are the most creative and productive people in the organization. Colin Powell Quote Details

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Procrastination in the name of reducing risk actually increases risk. Colin Powell Quote Details

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Many people go through life making nothing but "if" decisions. These are not decisions for success but preparations for failure. Zig Ziglar Quote Details

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Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in. Napoleon Bonaparte Quote Details

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No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair. George Patton Quote Details

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Don't worry too much about making the right decision. Just make the decision, and then make the decision right. Larry Winget Quote Details

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The majority of people who fail to accumulate money sufficient for their needs are, generally, easily influenced by the opinion of others. Napoleon Hill Quote Details

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Half the worry in the world is caused by people trying to make decisions before they have sufficient knowledge on which to base a decision. Herbert Hawkes Quote Details

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In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. Theodore Roosevelt Quote Details

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Leaders make decisions – all the time. Followers make suggestions. Making suggestions is easy because it requires no action or fear of failure. Making decisions is tough. It takes guts because there is always something at stake. Ruben Gonzalez Quote Details

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Every positive change in your life begins with a clear, unequivocal decision that you are going to either do something or stop doing something. Brian Tracy Quote Details

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"If only I had more money" is the easiest way to postpone the intense self-examination and decision-making necessary to create a life of enjoyment - now and not later. Timothy Ferriss Quote Details

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Have the courage of your knowledge and experience. If you have formed a conclusion from the facts and if you know your judgment is sound, act on it - even though others may hesitate or differ. You are neither right nor wrong because the crowd disagrees with you. You are right because your data and reasoning are right. Benjamin Graham Quote Details

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I've trained myself to propose solutions instead of ask for them, to elicit responses instead of react, and to be assertive without burning bridges. To have an uncommon lifestyle, you need to develop the uncommon habit of making decisions, both for yourself and for others. Timothy Ferriss Quote Details

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The most difficult thing is the decision to act; the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward. Amelia Earhart Quote Details

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All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it's impossible), but calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer. Niccolò Machiavelli Quote Details

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There are two types of mistakes: mistakes of ambition and mistakes of sloth.

The first is the result of a decision to act - to do something. This type of mistake is made with incomplete information, as it's impossible to have all the facts beforehand. This is to be encouraged. Fortune favors the bold.

The second is the result of a decision of sloth - to not do something - wherein we refuse to change a bad situation out of fear despite having all the facts. This is how learning experiences become terminal punishments, bad relationships become bad marriages, and poor job choices become lifelong prison sentences.
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Many people set rules to keep from making decisions. Mike Krzyzewski Quote Details

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Everybody's got an opinion. Leaders are paid to make a decision. The difference between offering an opinion and making a decision is the difference between working for the leader and being the leader. Bill Walsh Quote Details

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Decisiveness looks like leadership. Keep in mind that most normal people are at least a little bit uncertain when facing unfamiliar and complicated situations. What people crave in that sort of environment is anything that looks like certainty. If you can deliver an image of decisiveness, no matter how disingenuous, others will see it as leadership. Scott Adams Quote Details

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