According to the dictionary, the definition of Free Will is:
“The power of acting without the constraint of necessity or fate; the ability to act at one's own discretion.”
In other words… Freedom of Choice. "What?" you say! I'll explain it, it’s actually pretty simple.
External and Internal Pressures
There is no need to believe that free will is some kind of magical cop out that advisors use. Most of the time the time frame has been extended due to what is going on with outside influences or just plain emotion that is causing the person being read to hold back. Our actions can be influenced by things that go beyond anyone's control, even your advisor's spirit guides.
We all have a strategy for solving them. We all want to feel comfortable and safe. Some have better coping skills than others. Some are more impressionable in times of stress. External influences like family or friends input at just the right time when we are uncertain can have a major impact.
Free Will is not a Bad Thing
Sometimes we need to be able to talk about our choices with others. Some of us are more insecure than others and second guess our own decisions. Many times we seek affirmation from others that our decision is the right one for us.
We also imagine “If I do this, then that will happen, what if I do something else? Would I be happy with the result?” Then your actions are based on this premise, not being impulsive or knee-jerking your decision.
That is really the idea behind free will: these processes of rational choice and self-control. It’s actually a healthy process, connecting with your inner-self with the end result being happiness.