|What is Decisiveness?|
Decisions, decisions, decisions. We are besieged with decisions. Some are as simple as what to have for supper. Others, such as saving for a child's education, planning for retirement or handling a difficult situation at work are very important. Some of us choose to procrastinate and put things off until we are forced to make a quick decision. Others lack the energy to put things into motion and worry or despair sets in.
How we make decisions in our lives is important. We must give thought to prioritizing things with which we must deal. Decisiveness is the ability to make the right decision, and to stick with that decision.
The first step in becoming decisive is to gather information that will help you make a decision. In the workplace, learn all that you can about the project or task at hand. Get to know and understand managers, co-workers and customers. Discern their strengths and weaknesses. Gather information about the market you hope to reach. What are your basic goals? Use this information to determine how you will react to the situation at hand.
If something as simple as painting a room puts you in a quandary, consider the purpose of the room, whether it be a bedroom, a gathering space for family and friends, or a work area for your computer, sewing machine or laundry. Decide if you want the color to be calming or make you feel energetic. The purpose of the room will determine what type and intensity of paint to select. Based on your decisions about cost and the amount of time you have to devote to the project, the next step is to contract with someone to do the work for you, or to grab a brush and get busy!
Set aside time in your life to attend to the things that you have a passion for, or that are important to the welfare of you and your family. Work is important and you must commit to doing the best you can on your job. Gardening is also important because of the beauty of the flowers and the pleasure of seeing them flourish and bloom. Make the right choices in each situation, take responsibility for your decisions and commit yourself to bringing them to fruition.
As we enter the month of July, we become acutely aware that the he history of our nation is filled with examples of decisions made by our forefathers. These early patriots were faced with tough decisions involving the future of their fledgling country. Knowing the facts of certain situations and the desire of most of the population to live in an independent, self-ruled nation, they had to act decisively. Unwilling to procrastinate, these statesmen willingly made a commitment and assumed responsibility for the ideals they felt were right.
Independence Day is a day of celebration, as well it should be. It is important that we display our beautiful American flag proudly. Because of the decisiveness and commitment of our ancestors, we live in a country where, more than 200 years later, we are free to make our own decisive commitments.