When is it Okay to Change Your Mind?

change_mindStiffen your spine. Stop whining. Just get the job done. Muscle your way through. Live up to your commitments.

You Made a Promise – Follow Through!

I have a lot of those disciplinary voices in me. You probably do too.

I don’t like to be late. I don’t like to disappoint myself. And I really don’t want to disappoint others.

For the most part, when I say I’m going to do something, I get it done.

But sometimes, in the excitement of the moment, I promise things to myself and to others that later don’t seem right.

So here’s the question…

When is it okay to change your mind?

When does the need to be flexible and adapt to circumstance trump your previously made commitment?

Here’s a little checklist to help guide your decisions.

  • It’s okay to change your mind if no one will be the worse off for your change of plans.
  • It’s okay to change your mind if the situation you are in no longer warrants your original commitment.
  • It’s okay to change your mind if you communicate early and clearly to other people who will be affected by the change.

And now, having checked my list, I’ve changed my mind.

Starting this week, I’m only writing for this blog once a week instead of twice.

  • No one’s going to suffer because I’m cutting back.
  • My original commitment no longer fits my increasingly busy life.
  • And with this post, I’m letting you know.

You can look forward to a TRY THIS post every Tuesday. I’ll still write about what’s on my mind. Each post will still be short — usually under 500 words. And I will be more eager than ever to hear from you!

Why did I change my mind?

Since last June I’ve gotten super busy with new projects that require more speaking, more traveling and more writing. Add to that a new grandchild and my continuing zest for my Friday play days with Tyko.

Thank you for understanding.

What are your thoughts on changing your mind? When is it okay and when is it not? Please share with us in the space below.