END OF YEAR REFLECTION

It is always wise to take some time at the end of the year to reflect. One of your key areas of reflection are your decisions. How did your decisions impact your year – positively and negatively?

The late Lee Iacocca once said, “Even the right decision is the wrong decision if it’s made at the wrong time.” Timing is hugely important in a decision. You could get a decision right, but if you make it right at the wrong time, it’s a wrong decision.

Timing is crucial. So you have to collect all the information and you have to take your time. When people come to me and want an answer to an important decision right away, I always answer with a “No.” I’m not going to give you a decision when I haven’t thought about it and I haven’t prayed about it. I can’t make a good decision until I first determine if the time is right.

We have to be wise. Proverbs 15:22 tells us, “It takes careful planning for things to go right.” Take your time. Never make a major decision when you are upset, when you are grieving, when you are depressed, when you are stressed. Don’t ever do it. And don’t make a decision out of fear.

But when we’re in a good mood, we can underestimate the difficulty of certain decisions and situations. So when we’re in a bad mood we overestimate and when we’re in a good mood we underestimate.

It is very important to understand timing and to not rush things or to push things or move in directions that will take you away from God’s will. We have to be careful. Do your research and try to get your best information. If you still don’t know what to do then wait.

So many times I’ve done all the work and I’ve practiced all these principles, but I still don’t know what to do. Instead of deciding, I just wait on God and it’s amazing how in waiting the decision will become so clear. It will be much clearer because other things will happen that will crystallize the situation and make it easier for you.

If you will focus on timing in your decision-making you will make better decisions in the new year.

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