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What is The Risk of Doing Nothing?

What is the risk of doing nothing?

We don’t ask this question often enough. Of course, there is a reason for this,

and it comes back to our assumptions.

We assume doing nothing risks nothing.

Oh boy, what a huge mistake this is to make. It is one we make repeatedly, as we live out our comfortable lives. Entropy ensures nothing stays the same, so either we change it, or others will force it upon us.

Consider the paint you patiently applied to the wall outside. Once it’s dry it won’t stay the same. The sun will warm it and dry it out, bleaching the colour and fading it over time. Then, the rain will fall, finding cracks for it to seep into. Once winter arrives the rainwater will freeze, splitting the dry crusty paint. The wall will never look the same, as it continues its battle with nature.

This is what happens when you do nothing.

We shouldn’t fool ourselves. Doing nothing is a myth and in the arena of making decisions, it is a thought we should hold onto with utmost effort. The question should supplement a statement; nothing stays the same, so what is the risk of doing nothing?

What would you prefer, having some semblance of control, or letting serendipity and entropy rule your life? Decisions come through choice; through the consideration of what lies in front of you. The past is the past. It won’t stay the same, it will change; accepting this will supercharge your judgments and help you make better decisions.


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How Will You Feel About This Decision Six Months from Now?

You’re faced with a big decision, one which changes everything, and you don’t know what to do. Stuck, you become consumed with indecision. Rather than risk making the wrong choice, it’s easier to stay as you are, living in the status quo.

Hindsight will tell you you’ve made the wrong call. Hindsight will show you what you’ve missed by doing nothing. There is no denying it, we could all do with a crystal ball to help us see what hindsight will tell us in the future.

But we all have one unique power: our imaginations.

Imagine yourself six months from now; now you can see an unfamiliar perspective. It might be summer, or winter – who knows. Imagine you opted to make the decision and step into a new future. The outcome you dreamt of; it’s here with happiness in abundance.

But equally, you can imagine a life where you didn’t move. You stood still. Six months on, the regret might be palpable. Or maybe, the opportunity wasn’t quite the rose garden it appeared to be.

Perspective shifts are significant ways to rethink your decisions. It doesn’t have to be six months; it could be six weeks or six years. What matters is that you’re no longer thinking about now, but the future. By picturing the outcome of your decision in the future, you might be able to see downsides – or upsides previously unseen.

The question is how will you feel about this decision six months from now?


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