Aug 14, 2011
Decision and change
It is, I believe, wise and, even, necessary, at the passage of certain signposts, to make decisions that effect significant and, very possibly, fundamental change in the direction of one's own life. While, to many of us, those crossroads can be intimidating because confronted with the endless possibilities of an uncharted future, the process of change – coupled with a positive mindset – can only lead to previously unsuspected success.
It is, as my title refers, a little like being called from the dead to undergo, instead, a revitalisation of self, personal energy, motivation; all lit by the light of fresh, exciting experience – a new you – as opposed to a continuation of the habitual, mundane and usual.
Decision and change are discrete processes; the former is, essentially, a mental listing of aspects of self or environment which require attention and what that attention may be. The latter is, more importantly, the physical movement - raising oneself from comfortable immobility – in order to act and carry forth on a decision made: one, selects from the myriad of possibilities and, the second, brings the selected option into reality.
Decisions are difficult and change is tiring. This is why the end-points – the ideal outcomes – must be kept in constant view in order to assure that decisions lead in the right direction and do not result in energy being frittered away in idle, or otherwise non-productive, action.
Decisions must be made with conviction. Who among us has not said, 'I should cut down smoking' or 'I should clean up the garage'? Where the conviction to act on a decision is lacking, it is ineffectual and will result in little, incomplete or no change at all.
Decisions should also be made for the right reasons. There is, I suspect, latent in all of us, a tendency to exalt the negative and forgo the positive; one needs only look at the popularity of tabloid sensationalism or the dismal nightly news headlines to know this is true. Negativity, in though and action, is a self-propagating mechanism. This is to say that negative thought leads to negative action which, as a feedback loop, results in more negative thought.
Fortunately for us, the corollary of this is also true. Positive, or constructive, thought results in positive action and also self-propagates into more of the same. It is, as everyone has experienced, the act of smiling at a neighbour or politely greeting a waitress that has both external and reflexive positive effects.
If decision is to be the life-blood of change, then organisation must certainly be its skeleton. Since effecting change through committed decision is an energy expensive process, it must be done with due discretion and forethought. What worse outcome can there be, to any project, than to see it collapse through a failure of organisation? This is all the more true when the project is so personal as one's own self and future!
Here is a synopsis of the above:
a) Recognise that change is needed.
b) Decide what are to be the requisite changes.
c) Organise the procedures to effect change.
d) Make it happen!
With that, I am ready to make a turn at the next signpost. I don't know the road but, I'm certain that it will get me there.