If unsure what to do, what's the best thing to do?

United States
June 23, 2008 3:34pm CST
When situated with an indecision, how do you get yourself going? I've heard it said that it's better to do something than do nothing. I've heard it said, on Star Trek, that they aren't looking for officers that always do the right thing, they want officers that can make a decision. I've also heard this of military officers because a wrong decision is better than a non-decision. What do you think about this idea?
4 responses
• United States
23 Jun 08
I think that you should do what you feel is best, and definetally do SOMETHING! Because if you do nothing, it could look like negligence. Unless the right thing to do IS nothing, and then, you can make the decision to do nothing, and have an explanation for it so that it doesn't look like negligence. It really depends on the situation, and to every action there is a reaction, even if the action is doing nothing.
• United States
23 Jun 08
Good point, I've never considered no action being a valid decision. Sometimes no action is the best choice, at least until you can understand the situation better. Even military and business leaders will make sure they have enough data before taking action.
@sk66rc (4257)
• United States
24 Jun 08
Speaking of T.V. quotes, I've heard from the movie "Days of Thunder" a very interesting quote... Tom Cruise's character (cole), towards the end of the movie, says to his girl-friend while he was getting ready for his race... "I'm more afraid of being nothing than I am of being hurt"... I didn't quite know how to put things or explain things in my life but that pretty much sums up a lotta things... My girl friend sometimes thinks I'm a cold hearted person for coming up with a decision so quickly in certain situations but like I always try to explain it to her, "No matter how long you look at the facts, it won't change... That's why they're called facts... You need to learn to take facts as facts & sooner you accept'em as that, decisions will come a lot quicker..." I've always had that type of attitude & being in a military myself just confirmed my belief...
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@Valenas (1509)
• United States
24 Jun 08
It is definitely better to do something rather than nothing. If you sit around and wait for the problem to solve itself, or someone else to solve it for you, more than likely you will not be happy with the result. The best thing to do, if you have time, is to sit there and figure out the pros and the cons. Try to figure out the "best road" to go down. Sometimes you have to choose the hard road, because you will get more out of it. Sometimes the easy road is the best choice. You have to weigh your options.
@petiksmode (2986)
• Philippines
23 Jun 08
whenever i come to this situation..i paused and reassess things...thnking good on the best options if there are more than one options i look forward to what could have been if... i dont ruch things and blame myself or worse somebody if things went wrong...
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