I have been pondering over a number of big decisions that my husband and I will need to make in the coming weeks. Feelings of anxiety have tried to push their way into my mind as I battle not to carry this weight. Worrying will do nothing to change my circumstances but it will do a mighty great job of stealing my joy – only if I allow it.
By nature I am not a procrastinator but I do over think the repercussions that may come after I have made a decision. I feel a great sense of responsibility whilst reluctantly accepting that I will have to live with my choices, regardless of the outcome.
We all make decisions daily, some may well be small but they are decisions nonetheless. Even deciding which train to catch, what to eat for lunch, which client to call and so on. Our lives are panned out by the decisions that we make – quite deep when you truly give it some thought. Perhaps this is why I do not take decision making lightly.
I came across this quote from Elbert Hubbard;
“It does not take much strength to do things, but it takes a great deal of strength to decide what to do.”
Making key decisions, say in the corporate world requires an element of ruthlessness along with an assurity and complete ownership of your decision whether your plans come to pass or not. The proud need not apply!
If you look at top entrepreneurs, Sir Richard Branson and Bill Gates, you will notice that they are determined, competitive and confident in making decisions. Sir Richard has admitted to failing a number of times and has quoted that in the world of business, one needs to lick their wounds and get back on their feet. Bill Gates takes two weeks out in every year to spend alone to focus entirely on his challenges and opportunities in order to make key decisions.
Are you decisive?
How much ownership do you take when making decisions?
What is your attitude when life does not go according to plan?