The Force Is In You (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 188)
“The hardest thing about the road not taken is that you never know where it might have led.”
— Lisa Wingate
Decisions are hard. Well, some decisions are hard. And decisions are hard because they take effort. We make decisions everyday, many times in the most micro of matters. We make decisions about what to wear to work, what to eat, where to go, what school to send our children to, where to live, what to read, what to watch, when to leave and when to return. Every single part of life involves decisions.
But what really is a decision? You know you have made a decision when you make it certain that you have no other way to retreat, regret, or retire. You decide that the decision you have made is unchangeable unless it has the certain power to lead you to a greater outcome, an infinitely better result, or a more enhanced desire.
One of the greatest powers we have is the power to choose, to decide, to be the force behind what happens to us. It becomes easier to make decisions when you know what you believe, where you want to go, and what your values are. You will find that it takes very little strength to take action, but it takes a great deal of strength and fortitude to make decisions about what you will do.
One of the problems that we face in decision-making is that we cannot make all decisions at the same time. When we try to do this, we end up make very bad decisions or remaining indecisive. And for some people, when they can’t make all decisions that need to be made, they become paralyzed by fear and indecision. This paralyzation leads to a stationary state where no decisions are made at all.
It is easier to make decisions when we know what the outcome will be ahead of time. But that is just the thing. We rarely ever know what is to come. All we have is what we know now and possibilities. Yet, the decision must still be made. And it takes both courage and guts to make the hard choices.
Right now, the force lies in you to decide to change anything you want. If you want to have a better life, you must decide to give it to yourself. If you want to accomplish something, you must make the choice to do the hard work. If you want to reach the top, you must be willing to climb the mountain. The power to decide lies within you. People may be able to take other things from you, but they can never rob you of the power to decide.
It takes courage to jump. Most people choose to just stay in the boat. The boat is safe. No decisions are necessary there. But when you get in the water, you must make a choice: to sink or to swim. Therein lies a major difference between people who succeed and those who don’t. The kind of people we become is not a result of external influences alone, but of inner decisions that we have the power to make or leave hanging.
“Crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do.”
— C.S. Lewis