“One of the key qualities a leader must possess is the ability to detach from the chaos, mayhem, and emotions in a situation and make good, clear decisions based on what is actually happening.” — Jocko Willink
“When you wake up every day, it’s like a new birthday: it’s a new chance to be great again and make great decisions.” Poo Bear
How do you know whether or not you are making the right decision?
You don’t, really. You go with the facts you have and let values and principles you’ve collected guide you. As the entrepreneur Andy Dunn once said,“Passion provides purpose, but data drives decisions.”
When making decisions, It’s good to ask yourself what is the why that’s driving this impulse or decision.
Is this a want or a need? Is this an impulse or a gut feeling?
Is this a good reason or a fear? Or put another way—is this a good excuse or a fear?
More often than not, our reasons, justifications, are excuses to do (or not do) something.
If it’s an excuse, but actually something that you really want to do that is positive for your life, then it’s worth pushing past the excuse and finding the strength and courage to slowly overcome your fears.
Because excuses don’t improve your life. Excuses just let you off the hook and keeps everything the same.
The problem is, excuse’s love to hide. They love to entertain us with new and exciting activities we can do, while the things our heart is telling us we should do are pushed into the background.
Examine your excuses. Make sure the things you think you can’t do are really things you can’t do.