When was the last time you made a decision?
No, i’m not talking about basic, every day crap like to get out of bed, go get a coffee or get off the toilet or whatever… I mean a real decision?
Maybe even a “life changing” decision?
The dictionary defines the word decision as:
– a conclusion or resolution reached after consideration
– a formal judgment
It comes from the Latin word decidere: de – ‘off’ + caedere – ‘ to cut.’
This means that a decision is the final word, a commitment. It’s a done deal and there is no turning back. A declaration of the imminent. An “it will be because I say it will be and I want it more than anything and there will be no other alternative” declaration.
It kind of brings the word into a whole new perspective doesn’t it?
So again, when was the last time you made one? Have you ever really made one? Or do you just let things get decided for you?
I bet you’ve made some bad decisions? Sure, we’ve all made plenty of those, but what about an intentional good decision?
Are there things in your life that you would like to change? Maybe you want to quit smoking or drinking or doing drugs, or lose weight or better your financial situation? Maybe you want to become more involved with the community, or plant a tree or better your relationship with a loved one, or quit wasting your life away in front of the TV, or learn something new or to help out another person in need? Maybe to just be a better person, whatever that means to you?
Well, these things require decisions.
Everyone has things they would “like to” do or to change in their lives, but so many of us ultimately don’t change them because we don’t put forth the effort to make a decision to change them.
It’s not that we can’t, it’s just that we don’t. Or maybe we really just don’t want to.
Change doesn’t happen with just thoughts or good intentions. Change means that you make a decision and hold to your convictions. Not a maybe. A decision. Period.
I would like to propose that today, you make a decision that will positively effect your life for the better. A good decision. A life changing decision. A brave decision.
It could be large or small, but regardless of what it is, just make a decision and stick to it. After all, if you don’t stick to it, its not really a decision after all, is it?
Better yet, why stop there? I think that once you finally do make “that” decision (and you all know which one i’m talking about, because everyone has some sort of “that” decision to make in some shape or form) I think you’ll start to find that you will be making even more decisions. Imagine that? Being more decisive? Wouldn’t that be a great decision?
I would even propose you make a public declaration of your decision, either out loud to your friends or family, or via your social network of choice. Hell, why not just spray paint it on your garage door? What better way to secure the outcome of your decision than to be held publicly accountable if you fail to follow through? Just a little motivator. An insurance policy towards something better.
Lets make today, May 21th, a day of global decision making. Decisions to better our lives no matter how small and hold ourselves accountable for them. What do you have to lose? Accept for maybe something that would change your life?
Speaking of decisions, today in 1927, Charles Lindbergh landed in Europe after he made the decision to climb into a tin can full of fuel and began what was to be the world’s first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. That was a life changing decision.
How did he do it and end up making history? I don’t know… he just decided to i guess.
Feel free to post your decisions as a comment on this blog if you’d like. I’ll look forward to hearing from you.
Sean Earley is an American digital consultant, podcast host, speaker, publisher & music producer. He advises Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs and organizations on innovation, new technology, strategy, communications, marketing & design. He is the host of several podcasts and makes regular appearances on international media platforms where he discusses the latest trends in technology, culture, business and politics.