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The First D –  The Decision

Nothing significant happens unless we first make a decision. We choose whether we are going to be actively engaged  and proactive. The saying that “evil thrives when good men do nothing” rings true. Indecision puts a person into a state of limbo leading to inactivity, worry, feelings of self doubt, and negativity. It is better to make the wrong decision than not to make the decision at all. If the incorrect decision is made, we can self correct. If no decision is made, we drift upon the ocean of life becoming prey to external circumstances.

The analogy of someone waiting at the station, but never boarding any trains that arrive and depart, aptly describes the consequences of indecision. What benefit is there if I never climb on board and thus never experience the journey? There will be train rides that I enjoy. There will certainly be those that I do not enjoy. How do I know if I never make the decision to experience it in the first place? Now don’t get me wrong, I am not implying that we must climb on board every train that passes by. We need to be wise and learn from others mistakes and not necessarily our own.

The decision to be the kind of person we want to be regardless of external circumstances will ensure the realisation of our dreams. Critical to decision making, is knowing what our values are and being guided by correct principles. Principles have been described as eternal truths that are never changing. We need to cultivate principles of integrity and honour by being true to the decisions we have made.

Steven Covey’s first habit in his acclaimed book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, is to “Be Proactive”. I challenge you to be proactive in decision making. Decide what you want to become, where you want to go, and how you are going to get there. Make the decision and enjoy the ride.

By Mark Cunningham

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