Decisions are all about looking forward, forecasting the future. It’s doing so with complete accuracy because nobody wants to delay destiny because of failure in the forecasting. One of the greatest paradoxes we will ever experience might quite possibly be decision making.
From minimal to major, they bring relief, stress or the news that all planning, coordination, thought and strategy invested failed. Then comes damage control. That’s the stressor. This is the place that we learn where quick fixes make bigger messes down the road. From the simple to the difficult, decisions are a regular part of life. Some have the lasting effect, and others are having a short-term impact. The consequences of both winning and losing will always linger.
There are two markers for each outcome. Learn from each and then put them behind you. What type of decision maker are you? How do you process decision making from conception to completion? Here’s the real truth. Our ability to make well thought out choices make the momentum for us to move closer to our destiny or they detour us, causing setbacks.
The upside is that despite detours, make a little course adjustment and we are back on track. One thing is clear. Every decision carries its own responsibilities, weight, and consequences. Clearly, time, resources, investment and hard work apply respectively. With this in mind, all decisions make up the bottom line of our destiny.
What’s your decision maker stereotype?
Consensus Taker. A compiler of ideas and perspectives of others. Unsure of what they personally desire. Approval seeker. Has no clear understanding of core values or life plan. Identity weaknesses exist.
- Make the shift: Settle your identity-who you are and why you exist. Give yourself permission to fail. Settle on your core life values. Seek out a wiser older counselor.
Procrastinator. Puts off the responsibility of deciding indefinitely. There is safety with indecision. More willing to suffer the pressure of static tension and frustration rather than being decisive. Time is an enemy instead of the asset. Fear of the consequence and of responsibility are the problem.
- Make the shift: Responsibility of decision is future capital for the destiny of self and family. Static tension pressure creates stress and indecision. Use time as an ally. Learn the fine art of “failing forward.”
Calculating Analyst. Tends to figure consequence with negative confidence flow. Overanalyzes all the known concept elements of the decision. They are looking for the complete reduction of risks. Generally, sees the adverse effect of consequences, over overlooking the potential of success.
- Make the shift: Calculate positively with the understanding that nobody is perfect, neither will they have complete control of the outcome. Be willing to own the course you’ve charted and moved forward with confidence. Define your research by using your core values.
Quick Draw. Emotions determine the final result with little or no research. Necessity is overshadowed by perceived essentials, demands, and desires. Conservative considerations of life essentials vaporize with immediately moving forward. Irresponsible in the sense that future decision impact is vaguely considered.
- Make the shift: Make your core values the filter for final decision determination. Research information. Consider all the costs. Clarify the direction. Set the course. Now, the trigger can be pulled.
Waffler. Perhaps a mix of some or of all the above elements. Has failure to launch syndrome. Gets to the initiation of the decision and excuses are made for not beginning. Last minute fears stall forward momentum. Fear of failure combined with not counting the costs usually are the culprit for the waffle.
- Make the shift: Launching will always have results of success, failure or falling short of the goals of the decision made. Failure is not the goal but its part of the game. Indecision is the enemy of your destiny. Fear is an illusion of what might happen and probably will never take place. Seek to be a Pro at decision making in your life instead of an amateur. Practice, patience, and giving ourselves permission to fail put all of us on the right track to becoming excellent (not perfect) decision makers.
“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” ― Roy Disney
“Be Strong and courageous! Do not fear or tremble before them, for the Lord God id the one who is going with you. He will not fail you or abandon you.” Deut. 31:6
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