It is never wrong to change your mind or shift direction IF the conditions or factors that led to your decision change. It IS wrong to avoid making a decision or setting a course of action because you fear you may have to change your mind. When we become paralyzed by our analysis of a situation – unable (or unwilling) to accept the validity of our thought processes once an issue has been identified and a resolution formulated – we establish insurmountable roadblocks that prevent us from moving or doing anything. We become pawns
In order to thrive we must learn to innovate rather than finding comfort in what always was (because it may never again be)! We must learn to think of alternatives (rather than simply “doing what is expected") if we wish to taste success. We must apply our knowledge to new situations rather than memorizing answers to questions that have already been (or may never be) asked. When all is said and done, our emphasis must be on recognizing accomplishment rather than rewarding effort – or people around us will continue to try proven solutions rather than accomplishing great things.
Before accepting the premise “all that could possibly be spoken has been said and all that could be accomplished has been done,” think about what might be possible (rather than dwelling upon those things that have already been accepted as feasible or worrying about things that may not work). Identify where you want to be – intentionally thinking about what must be changed (and what should be left the same) – before seeking the promise an unrealized future may hold (or worse, accepting only the reality of an already fulfilled past). Embrace the opportunities that an uncertain future offers, moving deliberately forward in an effort to grow from them, rather than worrying about things you cannot control or obsessing over change that is going to happen regardless of what you may (or may not) do.
Individuals either embrace the opportunity of a new tomorrow by consciously (and intentionally) leaving