For the past week, I’ve been reading a terrific book by Tim Sanders called Today we are rich and I can’t seem to put it down. The book is a goldmine of brilliant ideas that mostly came from his Grandma’s sage advice. But what I want to focus on in this post is when he explains what it means to make a true decision:
It’s important that once you’ve made a decision, you don’t give it another thought. The word decision stems from the Latin word decidere, which means “to cut off.” Making a real decision “cuts off” all other options or alternatives. Once you’ve made your decision, there’s nothing left to do but execute (emphasis mine)
Sanders, Tim (2011). Today We Are Rich (pp. 83-84). Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition.00
Part of the problem is that for so long most of us have used the term “decision” so loosely that it’s come to describe something like a wish list. Instead of making decisions, we keep stating preferences… Making a true decision means committing to achieving a result, and then cutting yourself off from any other possibility.
Robbins, Anthony (2007). Awaken the Giant Within (pp. 38-39). Free Press. Kindle Edition.
People often fail to make a decision and act on it because they’re afraid of making a bad decision. Know this: Even worse than making a bad decision is making no decision. So, do your homework, ask all the questions, check all references. But once that’s done, make a decision and cut off any other possibility. The results you will achieve and experience will change your life.