February 13, 2008.
"You cannot make progress without making decisions."
Life can occasionally feel like a never ending parade of decisions that must be made. One decision followed by another and another in rapid fire succession. There are big decisions and small decisions, important decisions and not so important decisions, business decisions, financial decisions, personal and interpersonal decisions, decisions of all shapes and sizes. The list is virtually endless.
So we make them, one after another. Then, just about the time we have almost cleared our decision making plates, here comes a bunch more roaring right at us; burying us neck deep in a new pile of choices and decisions. Sometimes we handle the load, sometimes we don't. And sometimes we just want to throw up and hands and give up. But giving up or giving in is never a viable option. Never.
"Decisions determine destiny."
Like it or not, when it comes to making decisions, we've got to make them. Regardless of how tired, worn down or worn out we may be at any given time, there's very little rest for the weary. The decisions we must make keep on coming with no end in sight. But that's OK.
By stepping up and making choices, we shape our future; by boldly making decisions, we determine our direction in life. Sometimes we make good decisions, sometimes they're not so good and sometimes they are a complete disaster. And it's the latter two that scares some people half to death.
"The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides never decides."
The biggest problem most folks have with making decisions is they really don't want to make them in the first place. Constantly afraid they may mess things up by making the wrong choice; they back away and choose to make no decision at all. And without a doubt, that's the worst choice they could ever make. If we fail or refuse to make decisions when they need to be made, someone else will step in and make them for us. Now talk about scary.
Then there are others who want to make a decision, need to make a decision, say they are going to make a decision, but never get around to pulling the trigger. These indecisive individuals are perpetually waiting for the perfect time or perfect place to jump out and grab them. And it never does.
"Be willing to make decisions. That's the most important quality in a good leader. Don't fall victim to what I call the ready-aim-aim-aim-aim syndrome. You must be willing to fire."
T. Boone Pickens
What about you? Does the prospect of making decisions give you a case of the heebie-jeebies? Well join the club. Making decisions, some on the spur of the moment, is never an exact science. Not even close. Many of our decisions require us to step from the known into the unknown, from our comfy zone into uncharted territory. And that requires us to boldly push ourselves well beyond our current capacity.
Scary? Sure, maybe a little. OK, maybe a lot; but so what?
The only way we'll ever discover how far we can go is to let go and let it rip. That means making decisions. Decide on what you think is right and make a decision. And don't be wishy-washy. Too many people waver all over the place, bouncing back and forth like a ping pong ball. Make a decision and stick to your guns.
And finally, don't worry about mistakes. When you screw up, which you're sure to do from time to time, you need to get up, get better and then get going again better than ever before. And keep on firing. You'll soon agree that the best decision you've ever made is to make decisions when they need to be made.
The Bottom Line: Make a decision and then make something happen.
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