Life is made up of an infinite amount of choices.
Most decisions are easier and quicker to make, such as what to eat and wear today. It’s because the consequence of these decisions are fairly insignificant; but when it comes to the bigger decisions—the ones that can alter our life —that are tough to make.
Truth is though, those life-changing decisions are very rare in life. Most of time we are making a series of decisions that only have small or medium impact, but when you put them together as a string of pearls, you will notice that you are on a path, a path designed by your mind, dictated by your priority, and driven by your values.
Let me give you a few real-life examples that happened to me in the past few days/weeks:
– should I have my team to organize an employee service award as a communication function, or should I just go ahead to push it over to our HR colleagues to do it, knowing that they are already under resourced? (Decision: we will go ahead to organize it this year and explore options for next year. Rationale: employees are the most important assets. We need to do whatever we can to value their services.)
– should we travel to Jamaica for a beautiful all inclusive vacation during the Xmas season or should we stay local and spend the holiday with family and friends? (Decision: we will stay local. Swimming in the ocean sounds beautiful, but exchanging gifts with family and friends in ugly Xmas sweaters is just equally beautiful.)
– should I take some time to write this blog post or should I go watch the new episode of House of Cards? (Tough decisions on this one as it’s such an awesome show! But since you are reading this blog, I guess I made the right decision. 😉)
How did I make different choices? The rule is simple … follow your heart and your values.
What matters to me are: integrity, compassion and commitment.
If you choose to confront your options with courage and confidence, you open yourself to a fulfilling path of your own design, filled with numerous possibilities. Rather than procrastinate in fear of making the wrong decision, weigh your options and act on the best one—revel in the chance to create the life you want to.
Be courageous, be bold, be decisive, and most importantly, be aligned with your personal values.