Leadership - The Power of a Decision - Part Three

Leadership - Making Major Decisions

Nido Qubein says that the way to make a major decision is to first consider "what the best thing that could happen as a result of this action". Second, consider "what is the worst thing that could happen as a result of this action". Third, consider "what is the most likely result of this action". And "if the most likely result would take you toward your vision, and you're willing to deal with the worst possible result in exchange for a shot at the best possible result, go ahead and cross." 

Andy Andrews speaks of seven decisions everyone should make. They are:

  1. The buck stops here - (where I am is totally my responsibility.)
  2. I will seek wisdom - (Read, listen, always be mentored.)
  3. I will have a decided heart - (stick-to-itiveness - make decisions quickly - change your mind slowly. Cortez burning his boats illustrates this. Don't have a plan B.)
  4. I will choose to be happy - (What would others change about you if they could?)
  5. I will greet each day with a forgiving spirit
  6. I will persist without exception - (What idea are you missing?)
  7. I will be a person of action - (What you do or don't do matters. The butterfly effect is always active.)

Stopping our being and prayerfully making a decision is so simple, most people overlook the power and profoundness in it.

Some dispositions make decision making easier than others. Drivers seem to have an easier time making decisions than relaters and analyticals do. Making a decision means taking a risk and risk taking comes easier to some than it does to others based on how we perceive failure. When I was young, I felt judged by others when I failed. Now I perceive failing as discovering a way that won't work and now I am closer to success. This change in attitude makes it easier to make a decision.

We are all at different stages in the matter of making decisions. And in my experience It does not get any easier to embark on a journey to side with the Lord in a new area of change because we get older. I would say that the more I practice making decisions in Christ, the less resistance I get from my mind. By now I am convinced it is much better for me and for His purpose to side with Him and I begin with a stronger sense that it will end up better than it was before and that there is something not just for me but for Him in it. This makes the decision more meaningful because it is tied to an eternal purpose.

I have a practical testimony about how making a simple decision changed my life. In the summer of 2008 Martha and I took a seven day cruise to Alaska. I had felt a kind of bothering, or urging to get in better physical shape by working out. I had plenty of time on the ship to begin this new habit and Martha thought it would be fun to do,so on the first day of the cruise I went to the fitness center on the ship with Martha and chose a circuit of weight machines that would exercise every major muscle group, set the machines on a very light weight and completed ten reps of each exercise and then left. I did this so I wouldn't be discouraged by being too sore the next day. This took about ten minutes. (Don't despise the day of small things.) The second day I repeated what I did the first day except I increased to twelve reps on each machine. The third day I kept the weight very light but increased to two sets of ten reps. To my amazement I didn't feel very sore and so the fourth day I did two sets again. The fifth day I went to three sets of ten reps . The sixth and seventh day I increased the weight slightly but never got sore enough to have it affect me. By the end of the cruise I had a new routine that took approximately 50 minutes to complete and followed through by deciding to take this routine home with me.

On the ship my decision to set aside time to workout didn't affect anyone else. This made the decision to start working out easier to make, but I knew things would get more complicated when I got home. I warned everyone at Diverse CTI that I was leaving work at 5:00 pm every evening and would not fudge on this schedule for both their eventual benefit and mine. At first I received praise from everyone, but after a week or so I encountered resistance from everyone for different reasons. I was no longer available after hours for projects and meetings. I didn't arrive home any later because I displaced an after hours work habit with a work out habit, but it felt like I was being selfish. But, knowing I was being urged to do this I fought through those feelings until eventually everyone accepted my new habit and now my wife has joined me and we work out together.

I have continued this habit for more than a year now and have observed that If I work out for much more than an hour I start to feel like it is too much to do. In the beginning I had to consciously think about it, make sure nothing conflicted with this time, and stop working at a particular time (which I was not used to doing) to go to the fitness center. I tracked my progress, took note of how much better I felt, took note of my energy level, all of which led to solid consistency. After about six months all the resistance from people dropped to nothing. I actually wanted to go to the fitness center for all the benefits. I had the time and had built the habit.

I had to take off three weeks during the summer of 2009 and after a forced vacation from working out was over I found my daily decision to get started again was harder to follow through with than at any other time. I think that once a habit has been broken it is more discouraging than at any other time to execute a decision again. It feels like crawling out of a position of failure. Starting from 0 and going to 10 is easier than starting from -5 and going to 10.

I lost ground in the three weeks I had to take off. I was told it would come back quickly and after being back for one week believe it will, but I did not realize how hard I was working out and how much I had actually accomplished the first year. I had become strong. I had gained endurance. I was healthier. I am encouraged. This decision changed my life.

Stopping our being and prayerfully making a decision is so simple, most people overlook the power and profoundness in it.

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Founder and CEO of Diverse CTI.  Bachelor degree in ministry with an emphasis in counseling.

His vocational calling is to help people grow and develop in all areas of their person - spirit, soul, and body. He has risen to the top of his industry and has been recognised as a leader in communications, specifically telecommunications and data networking, for more than 25 years.  His passions have resulted in building Diverse CTI into an excellent company with an impecable reputation.  He has enjoyed designing communication strategies for other excellent companies over the past 25 years and is still having fun. Find out more about Tom!

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