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August 2, 2021

Make A Decision

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Things in life change and develop, expanding and retracting in a beautiful way. With all of these changes you are often presented forks in the road where you need to make a decision. There’s a pressure to get these decisions right because you don’t want to bear the consequences of getting it wrong, or miss the opportunity for having gone another direction.

There’s an unknown to what lies on the other end, so we do as much as we can to research, understand, and forecast how things will be. But you will never have all of the details to know exactly how something will go. Like it or not you cannot predict the future and at one point or another you need to make a decision.

What tends to happen is we want spend so much time in indecision that we pause our growth. We handcuff ourselves to try and understand the best and worst case scenario so that we know what we’re getting ourselves into. But we don’t know what we don’t know, and the last time I checked things don’t go according to plan. So why spend so much time making that ideal plan?

That’s not to say you can’t also be intentional and diligent about your decisions. You can, but you need to use a broader and more value based framework. A mentor of mine, Jim Bunch says he asks himself 4 questions to make any big decision: Does this align with my values? How will this improve my lifestyle? What is the ROI? And can I do this, and am I willing?

After a fair and reasonable amount of thought, just make a decision. That decision will lead to another and another, and through each decision you’ll be moving forward and navigating your life, inching your way toward the things you want. But you cannot begin that process until you make your first decision.

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