WARNING: This post contains the “B” word.
I live in the UK so, of course, I’m talking about Brexit! But please, stick with me, this isn’t a political post (which for those who know me personally, might come as a surprise!)
Instead, this is a reflection on the power of Decision. Here, I am not talking about the process of deciding, or of being decisive (although both are important), but rather in the sense of the resolution reached: I have decided that…
On Thursday 23rd June 2016 the UK voted, by a majority of the eligible population, to leave the EU. The decision was made. Since then, in spite of many challenges, the government of the UK has unwaveringly worked toward implementing that decision.
I voted to Remain, so I was on the side of the vote that were, shall we say, a little less than happy with the outcome, but someone was always going to be disappointed! However, a decision was made and, in spite of continued reservations that I have, I know that the only way to make this decision work (once it is implemented) is for a further decision to be made: a decision that needs to be made by everyone, whichever way they voted, and whatever they think to the way that Brexit has been implemented. That decision is to make it work – there will be no going back!
And this is the power of Decision! The power to propel you forward on path to whatever you have decided.
I decided when I was still in primary school that I wanted to be a Computer Programmer and, although my first jobs were in administration, that decision eventually led to me becoming a successful software developer by the time I was 28.
When I decided that I had to go it alone if I was to get paid what I believed I was worth (and that belief continues to evolve!), that decision led to me becoming a contractor…instantly multiplying my income by well over 100%.
In both cases my decision was unwavering, when I looked inside there was no ‘I’ll try’ only ‘I will’. A decision to ‘try’ is not a decision at all, it’s a self-delusion which, except in rare cases of extreme luck, results in failure. These failures often result in casualties along the way. In the case of personal failures, the worst casualty is often our self-belief. In the case of something as big as leaving the EU, the failure of everyone to decide “I will” rather than “I’ll try” could easily result in our great grandchildren continuing to be casualties. That’s Decision Power!
My most recent decision was to help as many people as I can to build their dreams, not the dreams of an employer. What will you decide? If you, as I have, want to decide to break out on your own and build Your dreams, Not theirs, then I’d love to hear from you.