I have always been fascinated by the game of basketball. I enjoy watching, practicing, and playing the game. It’s a game that is simple in that the goal is to put the ball in the basket and do it more than your opponent. But it is complicated in all of the strategy and decision making that is going on constantly.
One of the more well-known plays is called the pick and roll. If you have the ball you have a decision to make. You can either pass to another teammate or shoot the ball to make a basket.
I was playing in a basketball game a couple of days ago and I had to make this decision. The problem was that both decisions were really good. I was wide open to take the shot, I also had a teammate right under the basket who was open for an even better shot. Quickly in my head I was thinking, “Do I shoot or do I pass, do I shoot or do I pass?". Well I ended up shooting the ball but my body wanted to pass the ball. So I ended up shooting an air-ball which was the worst possible outcome for the situation.
Think about all of the decisions you face in a day.
I read an article a couple of years ago that had this paragraph:
“You can virtually eliminate conflict and confusion in your life by becoming proficient at making decisions. Decision making brings order to your mind, and of course, this order is then reflected in your objective world ... your results.”.
I believe making decisions is a skill. We will never make the right decision every time. But if we do the work, prepare and make a decision, I do believe it does eliminate conflict and confusion in our lives.