Making decisions!!!

“There is no decision that we can make that doesn’t come with some sort of balance or sacrifice, Simon Sinek”.

During the day we all make decisions, every day we make hundreds of decisions; what to wear, long or short, walk or travel on the bus, call or text. Almost half the times we never really pay attention to the decisions that we make, as small as they may be.

The word “Decision” derived from Latin which means, “To cut off”.

When we make a decision we cut off all the alternative options that may have been present in the Genesis, as there is no such thing as a free lunch.

When a decision is made we lose all potential gains from the alternative options. Decisions are somewhat similar to the well-known saying about lying, the one that most of us would have heard our parents say at least once while growing up, and that is: “One lie leads to another”.

As one decision always leads to another decision(s), there are always a string of decisions that can follow after making the previous decision. Like an individual may decide to visit a friend, now he must decide whether he should walk or take the public transportation and maybe what he should wear. Do you see now how decisions are continuous?

Even the smallest decision you may have made in the past resulted in not only where you are but also who you are in life today. “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped” – (Tony Robbins).

Although there are many factors that may affect one’s decision, for example: finance, friends (peer groups), environment, and religion, just to name a few. Each of these may affect the decision or choice a person may make on a daily basis. Even more interesting to me is how someone else’s decisions can affect our personal decisions.

I am not saying that you should monitor all the decisions you make, however I am hoping that you may become aware and consequently see the importance of even the smallest decision.

That’s why I believe that it is important to pray at the beginning of each day and ask for guidance for all the unconscious decisions you may make during the course of the day.

In Christianity, there is what we may call the “ultimate” decision and that is to be saved and born again or to live a sinful/Christ-less life. Both of which have an “ultimate” end result, rewards or consequences.

This is so because decisions lead to actions. Before you do something you must have made a decision to do that particular thing. Therefore after making a decision there would be action and we know that with every action comes a reaction.

You may be somewhere in life and you’re not happy, or you have not yet reached your highest potential, then all you have to do is make a decision. “Think 100 times before you take a decision, but once that decision is taken, stand by it as one man.” (Muhammad Ali Jinnah).

Not a wish but a decision, decide to make the first step and make a change. The first step is always the hardest but it is the most impactful. I was speaking to a friend the other day before the New Year and I asked, “Did you make your new year’s resolutions as yet?” and she answered, “I don’t make resolutions anymore because I never follow through with them”.

I must say I appreciated her honesty because it made me think. I know a lot of people who are comparable to my good friend, who doesn’t make resolutions anymore because they’re tired of disappointing themselves.

After making a decision or setting a goal, to achieve it you must be persistent.

Decide to change, decide to start over or try something new. As said before life is really short, and these decisions are what shapes our future. Decide to come out of your comfort zone and grow.

“Change is necessary for evolution, the universe contains incredible diversity and you cannot experience it all within the confines of one’s comfortable lifestyle.

Look ahead to what you will think of your life at its end. You will probably not want to look back and say it was cozy and dull.” (Mutulu Olugbala- Overstand). If you want to make a difference or a change, all you have to do is make a decision.

And if you have made a wrong decision, all you have to do is make sure your next decision is a right one. The first step is making the decision. When your values are clear to you, making decisions become easier. Roy E. Disney.

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