“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
- Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
Culturally, there is a bit of an addiction to not knowing what we want. I see it all the time. It’s glamorous to sit in the world of all the possibilities - remaining open to whatever comes our way. We are outsourcing our responsibility to make a decision to any external factor - out beyond ourselves - that may roll our way. We get comfortable with indecision by telling ourselves that we are “open to anything” and buy ourselves security, often unconsciously, with our aversion to commitment.
I’ve struggled with this in my own business - for every area I could focus or offering I could create, I possess equal uneasiness in the opportunities I’d be shutting down. The same struggle appeared in my last role. The company evolved from a small startup to a thriving, structured business. The “jack of all trades” I’d loved in the company’s earlier days vanished and I was required to select a specific role. I resisted the change, but making a decision gave me ownership.
A commitment is a declaration of what you want. You have the power to decide and it’s your responsibility to make a decision.
In Jen Sincero’s latest book, she looks at decisive action. This same thread can be found in nearly every book that addresses leadership. If you’ve made a back up plan, you haven’t made a decision. The Latin roots of the word “decide” literally mean “to cut off,” meaning all other options fall away and you are committed to the decision.
Where are you wavering?
Commit to making a decision. Today. Give yourself the gift of experiencing conviction and witness what happens when you decide.
Moving forward I will be posting a series called Wisdom Wednesday that I've been posting on my Facebook page. Please reference this link for past publications. Thank you.