Take That, Decision

With a lot of talk about time management, procrastination and insufficient productivity going on lately, I’ve found myself spending more time than usual in self-reflection. I’ve been wondering if part of the problem is due to an inability to not make a decision but rather, to take the decision.

Stop trying to make the decision. Why not just take it instead? Keep it. Own it. The decision is yours.
Take the decision or make the decision? What shifts you into action?
Image by Benno Poeder

To make something is to create it. Which implies that considerable energy and effort is involved in the making of it. It’s a process. I imagine that you’d have to plan the process too. Whereas to take something means to simply reach out and grab hold of it.

Taking the decision suggests that the decision already exists and furthermore, that you know what it is. There’s less wriggle room. It also forces an answer: Will you take the decision? Yes, or no?

If it feels like a resounding YES, then it must be a yes. If it doesn’t feel like a deep down YES, then it must a no. If your answer is maybe, then it’s clear you’re not going to take the decision, but have opted to make a decision. Some time in the future, I guess.

If there is a process involved in making a decision, where you have to get yourself to the point of actually deciding to do something, then maybe it’s in this space, the processing space, that procrastination slips in and takes over because you’re not paying enough attention.

I mean, paying enough attention to being in the present moment. And so, before you know it, you’ve allowed yourself to be distracted from what you’d set out to do.

So why not think in terms of taking the decision instead? Test it out. As an experiment. Take the decision. Take it because it belongs to you. You know what it is. Stop trying to make a decision. Just take it. Keep it. Own it. It’s yours. Do it with presence.

When more of your spirit is in your body than out of it, then you know you’re present. You can’t be here now if:

  • you’re stuck in the past;
  • feeling guilty;
  • you’re full of regrets;
  • carrying more than your share of responsibilities;
  • your boundaries are being pushed too far;
  • your standards are being compromised;
  • you’re feeling ashamed;
  • you’re feeling humiliated;
  • you’re feeling unwell or
  • you’re obsessing about the future.

The list is not exhaustive, but you get the idea. In short, you’re not present if you’re not at ease. You know you’re present when you’re in a state of flow.

Will you take the decision or make the decision? Which one shifts you into action? Try being present before you take the decision. You don’t need to leave yourself open to being spirited away from doing what you need to do.

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