Make a decision or else

Today I am reflecting on the lesson I learned today. If you do not make a decision, one way or the other you will get NOTHING!

Just in case no one understands what that mean I was a bit  of a “fence sitter” today.  I changed my mind as easily as a leaf in the wind changes direction and, as a result, my day turned out like my arm! No permanent damage, but it was ugly!

Here is what happened:

I was up very early to take client calls for a contract that I have and Tuesday night is my Aikido night.

I also have the giant bruise on my bicep from some issues I had this weekend on Shawnigan Lake.

Arm Bruise from a life jacket
Arm Bruise from a life jacket

All the above led me to have an “off today”! I was more distracted than usual, which was very frustrating, but I got a lot done. I still put out quality calls and dealt with clients on a high level. On a personal level and even more so a physical level something felt kind of weird. I had loose plans with a friend for tomorrow and it turned out that it works better for their schedule to maybe do something tonight and since I wasn’t feeling that great I decided to skip Aikido.

What the hell is your point?

Well because I was feeling so wishy-washy, I did not make a decision and we never made a solid plan to meet. That is when I initially decided I AM  going to Aikido! I got my uniform on, gathered my things, I even went down to the car and got in it! Long story short, I had a few more mishaps and Aikido just wasn’t in the cards. So I sent a  text to my friend and said let’s meet up after all. However, by then plans changed and that wasn’t happening either.

So here I am not meeting with my friend  and even if I was Superman and changed my mind AGAIN! I was not going to be on time for Aikido.

What’s the takeaway from all this?

Well, I truly believe that based on the simple fact I couldn’t make a decision one way or the other (to miss Aikido or not or to hang out with my friend or not) I didn’t get to do any of it.

A simple example or cause and effect!

My bullet points for helping you make a decision and sticking to it!

  • Go with your gut!  I personally know when I ignore my first instinct everything goes to hell in a hand basket
  • Accept the possibility you could be making the wrong choice! – I am really good at beating myself up with the coulda, woulda, shoulda’s. Don’t be like that… you can not go back…so move on!
  • Pay attention to what your body is telling you!  I was tired and stressed and tried with all my “manliness” to push through, mind over matter..DUMB!  Brent Hammond a Business and Personal Coach ~ Founder of Trail Blazer Business Adventures says “Manage your energy, not your time!”
  • Learn from each of these events and commit to doing better next time! – Carry a notebook write in it often, date your entries, it is a fun an effective way to track your progress..Mine is full of “did wells” and “next times”

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