How to Decide

personal development Feb 17, 2020
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What's your attitude and process toward decision-making?

Actually, making the case to be a decision-maker might be the place to start.

You don't have to decide, of course. But if you're going to make change happen or make progress in your endeavor, you must become a decision-maker.

And for many of us, embracing the mindset and posture of a decision-maker can be terrifying.

Why is that?

I think part of it is our default programming as human beings. We love knowing where we stand and what's expected of us. We're comforted by and feel safe with the status quo, aka the way things are and the way we are.

However, if you've already adopted the posture and mindset of a difference-maker, you're already at peace with the idea that the status quo, external and internal, is not enough.

Another dynamic that conspires against our desire to be decision-makers is that we get really hung up with the outcomes of making decisions.

But here's the thing, decisions have nothing to do with outcomes.

Outcomes are beyond your control. Sure you can, and should, put forth your best effort to achieve results. Those ends should be properly motivated and pursued with intention and integrity.

But in the end, the results are not up to us. Others and events beyond our control may conspire against our aims.

Good news, outcomes don't matter. Every result is simply another opportunity to frame what's now and choose what's next and then step into that possibility.

Every result is an invitation to make another decision.

So, for sure, set your aim. Please do so with intention and integrity. Every decision involves trade-offs. Be equally deliberate in choosing what you'll trade for the aim you're setting.

There are no perfect or best decisions, so no need to get hung up, over-analyze, or over invest in the result you seek. Make the best choice you can given the information available at the moment and then act on that decision.

Every decision leads to a new and exciting opportunity where you are afforded the opportunity and privilege to make the next decision and continue stepping into possibility.

What's the next decision for you to make in your endeavor? Have you made it yet? If not, what are you waiting for? 

Let's keep stepping into possibility together!

Scott Perry, Chief Difference-Maker at C reative on Purpose

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