Make Your Decision


“Make your decision and then make it the right decision.”

This is advice my mother gave me when I was 18 years old.  I think it has been some of the best advice I have ever been given.  Interestingly, she only said it once and now does not even recall saying it.

I see so many people make a decision and then fail to commit to it.  They immediately begin second guessing it, destroying momentum and progress.  They ignore the decision or postpone implementing or sharing the decision.

Now, I’m not saying that you must blindly commit to following every decision you make.  Not at all.  In fact, if you work to make a decision right and in that process find a better course of action, decide to change course.  In fact, changing a decision can be part of making a decision right.  It is another clear decision based on new information or actions.

For example, Nerd-to-English is about improving the understanding of communication and improving communication skills.  Because of this mission, I have committed to improving my writing and public speaking skills. 

To meet this commitment, I am writing frequently and speaking more often.  I am reading more on the topic and listening to more public speakers to learn from them.  I am working to improve my skills and make my decision the right one through clear, frequent action.

If you want to lose weight or write better or make fewer mistakes or anything else in life, are you making clear decisions and then working hard to succeed?   If so, great.  If not, do you know why?  Do you care?

Without true commitment and action, the words lose value.  In fact, I think we all know people that are big, brash talkers about their decisions yet that is where it ends.  Frequent false bravado followed by a repeated failure to commit.  And I think these people, at the time of the decision, may really believe in their decision.  But when they don’t back it up, they’ve wasted their time, their energy and often their credibility.

What decisions do you think are important?   No matter how much you publicly declare something, your commitment level and actions after the decision will reveal the true importance you gave the decision.

Make your decisions the right ones.


About the Author

Glenn S. Phillips works with leaders who want to leverage technology and understand risks within. An author and blogger, Glenn is often quoted in national media, plays a really ugly tuba (it even has a bullet hole) and is a fan of dark chocolate and great puns.