Indecision






“Each indecision brings its own delays and
days are lost lamenting over lost days… What you can do or think you can do,
begin it. For boldness has magic, power, and genius in it.” — Johann Wolfgang
von Goethe


Make decisions quickly and unambiguously. This does not suggest
that your decision making is either impulsive or ill considered. To the contrary,
your decisions are based on thorough analysis and comprehension. The key is
that the analysis and comprehension are fully informed by experience and
supported by intuitive processes that are themselves very rapid and unusually
accurate. Frequently, this means that you are unable to provide adequate
explanations for decisions when they are made. Such explanations only become
available retrospectively, as time is available to reconstruct your intuitive
processes at a conscious level.






Sustained Thinking






“No problem can stand the assault of
sustained thinking.” — Voltaire


Divide problems into manageable parts. You know that most any
significant problem or issue can be made to seem so complex that it can never
be resolved. This is why so many situations don’t get resolved and,
alternatively, why you are successful in resolving problems and difficulties at
a higher rate than most other people. You approach problems by first
identifying elements that you can and do understand. You then draw on your
experience and expertise to manage those aspects of the problem or
circumstance. As you proceed, you trust in your intuitive capacity to make new
connections and to provide fresh insights to other aspects of the puzzle. It
frequently appears that you knew what you needed to know all along but you know
you didn’t. Your intuition again came to your rescue.






Spiritual Progress






“By helping yourself, you are helping
humankind. By helping humankind, you are helping yourself. That’s the law of
all spiritual progress.” — Christopher Isherwood


Perhaps helping humankind may be a bit beyond your immediate
focus; but be that as it may, be flexible and accommodating to the needs,
preferences, and individual situations of other people. Here, emphasis is on
“accommodating.” You are flexible enough to help meet the needs of
other people or at least to not prevent those needs being met. Further, the
preferences of other people are considered to the extent that they don’t preclude
satisfying your needs and interests. The point is that room is made for others
and your priorities so long as this does not prevent your long-term success.






The Cure For Boredom






“Perhaps the world’s second worst crime is
boredom. The first is being a bore.” — Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton


Now is that interesting, or what? It’s definitely fascinating.
This is a topic about which anyone can get excited. Don’t you agree? Your
curiosity is likely peaking as you read; and good for you. As Ellen Parr
pointed out, “The cure for boredom is curiosity.” Read on. Your boredom is
certainly about to experience the cure it needs.


Leo Tolstoy knew that you would be curious about this. He said,
“Boredom: the desire for desires.” Be sure you examine this carefully. Boredom isn’t
a problem for you unless you don’t have any desires but desire some. He may
have intended that wanting to increase what you want can be boring too; but it
seems likely that he only had in mind desiring to change total desire
deprivation.


F. Scott Fitzgerald also had a useful perspective. “Boredom is
not an end product, is comparatively rather an early stage in life and art.
You’ve got to go by or past or through boredom, as through a filter, before the
clear product emerges.” The good news here is that it may take a while to
figure out what Fitzgerald was trying to say; so while you are pondering, you
won’t be bored. If you get it figured out too quickly, you can also consider
Jean Baudrillard’s comparison, “Boredom is like a pitiless zooming in on
the epidermis of time. Every instant is dilated and magnified like the pores of
the face.” As some teenagers say, “Yuck!” The idea seems to be that
boredom is but a mere pimple on the face of time or some such.


Bert Leston Taylor makes the shift from boredom to bores. He
said, “A bore is a man who, when you ask him how he is, tells you.” Christian
Nestell Bovee was even more elucidating, “There are few wild beasts more to be
dreaded than a communicative man having nothing to communicate.” Of course, he
too was talking about bores. Louis Kronenberger even suggested a way of
classifying bores, “Highly educated bores are by far the worst; they know so
much, in such fiendish detail, to be boring about.” However, Byron may have had
the best idea. “It is to be hoped that, with all the modern improvements, a
mode will be discovered of getting rid of bores; for it is too bad that a poor
wretch can be punished for stealing your pocket handkerchief or gloves, and
that no punishment can be inflicted on those who steal your time, and with it
your temper and patience, as well as the bright thoughts that might have
entered into your mind , but were frightened away by the bore.” Okay, enough is enough. As
Dylan Thomas said, “Somebody’s boring me. I think it’s me.”






Going Around Problems






“Most people spend more time and energy
going around problems than in trying to solve them.” — Henry Ford


You neither avoid nor obsess over the details of problems or
situations. You are able to quickly grasp the whole, while being aware of the
details and their relationship to each other and to external factors. This is
key to your capacity to see connections, implications, and possible actions
nearly immediately.