I recently read a quote by the late Christian Evangelist, Myles Munroe;
“Our life is the sum total of all the decisions we make everyday, and those decisions are determined by our priorities.”
We make decisions every single day of our lives; some are minute and some life changing. Even when we procrastinate and cannot make up our mind, we are making a decision to do so. Decision making is not always easy, particularly if it will go on to impact the lives of others around us.
Fear can mean we struggle to make a decision. The very idea that we will be wholly responsible for the outcome of the decision can make us step back in the hope that everything will sort out of its own accord. It rarely will. Decisions made today can go onto impact our lives in 20 years time. Therefore it is important we are well informed and non emotional when making decisions. We cannot afford for our emotions to influence our thinking.
Our priorities will change according to our stage in life. The decisions we make in our early twenties will greatly differ to those made in our early 40’s. As we mature in age, we should also mature in wisdom.
I recall when I was a teenager, I yearned to be am adult, to come and go as I pleased, to stay up until whatever time I liked, to be independent. My mum would say many a time;
“Enjoy your youth as being an adult is not all it is cracked up to be”.
I thought my mum just wanted to spoil my fun and hinder my moving from a child to a young adult. Looking back my mum was right. As a child and teenager I rarely had to make decisions. I was certainly responsible for a number of activities as I grew up in a single parent household. However, I was spared from having to make decisions. This was my mum’s territory and she did us proud.
What is your approach when decision making? Do you face it head on or procrastinate?
How has this impacted on your life?