Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions. –Author Unknown
Wife of a Sailor is hosting a linkup and new way to learn about the fellow bloggers, Thursday Thoughts . Each week there is a new word for a topic to write about. So check it out, and join the fun either by reading other bloggers’ thoughts, or writing your own Thursday Thought!
This week’s word is Decisions . According to the dictionary, success is “a conclusion or resolution reached after consideration” . We live in the world of decisions. Every morning we decide whether or not to get up, what outfit to wear (God bless those who have work uniforms – no need to wonder what to wear) …. these are usually the decisions we don’t think a whole lot.
But then there are bigger decisions in life that we are making. Those ones that usually require some time to ponder and wonder. Things such as whether or not to get married, have children, make a career leap, return to the school…… or we are involved in decisions that may have some serious impact on others. In my business career the hardest decisions have related to letting people go. No matter how much the business situation may require it, it still is hard to tell someone that his or her life is drastically changing.
When I am making big decisions, I
try to approach issues very logically. I look at the facts, and trust my experience although sometimes the simple gut feeling works pretty good too. I play around with different scenarios. Sometimes I even pick up the paper and pen, and list pros and cons that I can think of at that very moment. And I run . Yes, running is my decision making therapy. Nothing organizes the pondering mind better than ten miles on the trail. Seriously, my best decisions have been made on the trails: starting to work on the PhD, marrying my best friend, accepting and declining job offers, …
While I love to talk about the good decisions I have made, trust me, there are also a bunch of bad decisions that I could list. But instead of soaking myself in bad decisions, I just tend to pick up what I have left, learn and move on. If there has been decisions that turned out to be bad, and I can’t turn the time back, then they are not worth worrying: they were great decisions at the time, under the light of information I had available…. Live and learn, and keep going!
The military life truly has made me a professional decision maker (and drastically increased my running mileage): while juggling with the demands of military, I still do have my own life, my own career – and there are decision making points in every corner…. whether it is about duty stations, schedules, you name it. But at the end of the day, I love the excitement and stress that decision making creates. Every new decision is an opportunity to do or see something extraordinary and amazing. Like Helen Keller said, ” Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing .”
Conveniently next week’s word is Risk , and I can’t wait to share my thoughts about risks and risk-taking …. stay tuned!
But before that, have you made major decisions recently? How do you make your decisions?