The importance of doubt

The importance of doubt

(Estimated reading time: just over 1 minute)

In matters of theology, doubt is an essential ingredient of a healthy faith. Unswerving certainty leads to entrenched thinking and, ultimately, to bigotry.

But the idea behind this entry was associated with our working environments.

It is my view that whenever we have a big decision to make, we should look for the doubt; seek the uncertainty. We need to pause to allow the questions to surface.


The benefit of doubt is an open mind.

Dan Rockwell (@leadership freak)

We need to explore the options fully. Not discounting anything at first glance.

Is this a recipe for procrastination? Almost certainly! But procrastination can be beneficial. Rushing to a quick, bad decision is much worse than move purposefully to a good one.

Maybe we should spend more time deciding and less time regretting/reworking or mistakes. There’s also a cost to any organsiation of ‘car park’ grumbling about decisions. That is, people agree to the decision in a meeting, then cluster together afterwards to belly ache about it. It’s really a question of where to invest the organisation’s time and energy.

Of course, there comes a point when a decision must be made. How long will depend on the complexity of the issue. But I’d also like to suggest that the more certain we are at the start, the longer we should pause to see what emerges.

And, at that point, I’ll pause to see what emerges.


Busy? Pause

Today’s suggestion will only take a couple of seconds, but it will make a difference.

Whenever you catch yourself feeling ‘busy’; pause; take a single, deep breath and ask ‘what matters most now?’

If your next activity doesn’t really matter, why are you doing it?

The power of pause – one breath to reclaim your purpose.