Indecision is an inability to decide. Sometimes intelligent people lack the expertise or information to make an effective decision at the given moment. Gathering advice or data can be wise as long as the determination is deliberate and based on rational thinking.
Indecisiveness, on the other hand is not deliberate and is based on irrational thinking. It’s a learned response we’ve developed. We’re afraid to make a decision because of the inherent uncertainty associated with making choices.
This is why the fearful find meetings to be such a useful vehicle. Not only do they provide a forum to gather more and more intelligence, but the emotional assurance from surrounding ourselves with others tends to alleviate the fear (at least temporarily).
Being able to distinguish whether you’re experiencing indecision, or indecisiveness is one of the most powerful skills you can have. Do you have it?