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decisiveness
middot decisiveness

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middahTo decide is to affect change.

Decisiveness requires one to act with sufficient forethought to make a decision with the best chance for success, but with willingness and readiness so as not to miss the opportunity.

Suggested practices:

  • Take some time to go through your closets/dressers/garage/basement and decide which items do not serve you anymore. Bring those items to a nearby donation store/drop-off point.
  • Bring to mind a decision that you have been wavering on and contemplate/research all options and act.
  • Create a plan for your week perhaps in meals, scheduling, budgeting your money, recreation, fitness, etc... See if planning and organization helps you in the area of decisiveness regarding this matter.
  • Lay out an outline of a plan for the year and write down some steps on how you will decide to pursue that plan.

featured articles


Most people have had the experience of going to a restaurant with other people and having to wait on one person who can’t make up their mind over what to order. The person orderin...
Yeshua is clear on decision making, Let your word be “Yes, Yes” or “No, No”; anything more than this comes from the evil one (Matt. 5:33–37). This command has simpatico wi...
by rabbi paul saal in daily living
One must be so stubborn so as to overcome all the impediments that stand in the way of making a decision." -- Rabbi M.M. Lefin of Satanov, Cheshbon HaNefesh ...
by rebbetzin malkah in daily living
Decisiveness is a middah that really holds the amidah together. This shows up in a few particular ways. ...
by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld in mesorah
The Hebrew word for decisiveness is harizut.  Harizut means to cause to run, or to expedite.  The Hebrew gives us a slightly different spin on decisiveness.  It ...
by rebbetzin malkah in meditation
This story is, without a doubt, a pearl to me - in fact, I would consider it a suitable bedtime story for (in the distant future) grandchildren of mine. Filled with action and a ...
by rebbetzin malkah in mesorah
It happened on the seventh day that some of the people went to gather, and they did not find.  Hashem said to Moshe, “How long will you refuse to observe My commandments and ...
by rebbetzin malkah in torah
When the Baal Shem Tov was young, he lived in the mountains of southern Russia. From time to time he would walk to the top of a mountain, and lose himself in thought. Lost to the wo...
by rebbetzin malkah in stories

 

accounting


Use these questions to evaluate your day: What were the "seeds" that possibly affected your decisiveness today?  Social, financial - what were they? Think of how your day...

quotes


Hillel says, "If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?" – Avot 1:14 “He who has not yet ruled over his evil i...

 

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daily living


Yeshua is clear on decision making, Let your word be “Yes, Yes” or “No, No”; anything more than this comes from the evil one (Matt. 5:33–37). This command has simpatico wi...
One must be so stubborn so as to overcome all the impediments that stand in the way of making a decision." -- Rabbi M.M. Lefin of Satanov, Cheshbon HaNefesh ...
The Sages teach, and this is widespread in Jewish thought, that man must act in even a small way in order to open the gates for Hashem to respond from above. "Open to Me as the ope...

torah


A significant section of parashat Ma’asei deals with the halakhot concerning the murderer. On the one hand, the Torah may seem very harsh in its rulings. A closer look w...
Most people have had the experience of going to a restaurant with other people and having to wait on one person who can’t make up their mind over what to order. The person orderin...
It happened on the seventh day that some of the people went to gather, and they did not find.  Hashem said to Moshe, “How long will you refuse to observe My commandments and ...

besorah


I’ve been reading a great book on management — The Speed of Trust, by Stephen M. R. Covey. Trust, the book’s sub-title claims, is “the one thing that changes everything,...
Decisiveness means taking to heart what needs to be done enough to take the steps to accomplish it. It is not enough just to know what needs to be done; one must not tarry in the...
"Be always sure you are right, then go ahead." -- Davy Crockett I remember this quote from an ancient Disney black-and-white TV series on the Tennessee frontiersman. It’s home...

mesorah


Counting the Omer is an opportunity to learn decisiveness. This tradition marking the days from Passover to Shavuot (see Lev. 23:10-21) reenacts the journey from bondage in Egypt (M...
Decisiveness is a middah that really holds the amidah together. This shows up in a few particular ways. ...
This story is, without a doubt, a pearl to me - in fact, I would consider it a suitable bedtime story for (in the distant future) grandchildren of mine. Filled with action and a ...

meditation


The Hebrew word for decisiveness is harizut.  Harizut means to cause to run, or to expedite.  The Hebrew gives us a slightly different spin on decisiveness.  It ...

stories


When the Baal Shem Tov was young, he lived in the mountains of southern Russia. From time to time he would walk to the top of a mountain, and lose himself in thought. Lost to the wo...

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