Life: A Series of Decisions
Among other things, it seems to me that life is largely a series of decisions. Big and small. Important and not-so-important. Painful and painless. Personal and professional. Monumental and incidental. Necessary and optional. Informed and ignorant. Selfless and selfish. Courageous and cowardly.
And so on.
Yep, it’s impossible to go through a single day without making some kind of decision. Whether it’s choosing socks, joining a gym, buying a book, donating a kidney, giving up coffee, reacting to feedback, selecting a DVD, forgiving your partner, eating in secret, telling a lie or switching to low-fat dairy, we are constantly creating our experiences – and ultimately, our reality – via our decisions.
The ones we do and don’t make.
Curiously, some people think they can go though life ‘not’ making decisions but in truth, the non-decision-maker makes just as many decisions as anyone. In reality, there are no non-decision-makers. The guy who consciously avoids making a decision about which exercise plan he will embrace (for example) has made a decision – to procrastinate, to be inactive and to stay fat and unfit for a just little longer. Or, maybe a lot longer. By not making a decision, he actually chooses to do zero exercise; which of course, is a decision.
Which of course, will create certain consequences.
Is it Possible to Do Nothing?
There is no such thing as avoiding decision-making altogether because the conscious act of avoiding something (an issue, situation, problem, challenge, conversation) is the result of a… decision. A decision to do nothing is still a decision. And it will still impact your life on some level, big or small. Good or bad. And by the way, a decision to do nothing is really a decision to do something. In case you haven’t noticed, it’s impossible to do nothing.
Give it a try.
If you’re serious about creating some kind of positive shift in your world, then right now I’m challenging you to make the decision (or decisions) you’ve been avoiding. To stop over-thinking, procrastinating, waiting and pretending that it’s a timing thing. If you’re like most people, then there’s at least one issue you’ve been circumnavigating for far too long. Sometimes, making a long-overdue and courageous decision is actually a relief.
And it’s often the start of something amazing, rewarding and transformational.
In most instances, it’s this complex: Our decisions determine our behaviours and our behaviours determine our outcomes. Today, you can make yet another excuse or you can make a courageous decision. You can do what’s easy but ultimately disempowering or you can do what’s necessary and ultimately liberating.
Remember: it’s impossible to do nothing, so what will your something be today?