There is potential in making a quality decision … is life asking you to make a strong decision about something? It can be large or small. What do you need to commit to? And what could happen if you became bold about it?
Even one small decision has an outcome. Let me explain what I mean …
When I make a decision (and it can be as small as “should I eat this benign, scrumptious, glazed donut?”), I am selecting between two or more possible actions.
And whether I’m consciously aware of it or not at the moment of choice, my decision always has an outcome. Always.
Quite often life has this way of saying (or screaming), “This is reality. Get used to it!”
We don’t think in the category of establishing reality, do we? Our default perspective is that reality is something eternal to us. And it acts upon us.
The truth is how we respond to “This is reality …!” makes all the difference for us and those around us.
Will we respond proactively? Or will we react passively, silently submitting to what’s happening … or what you think may happen?
A belief challenge: as we connect with God, we can define reality. Adam seen in Michelangelo’s ‘The Creation of Adam’ on the Sistine Chapel ceiling
If I want things to be different moving forward, I’ll need new Life-Maps.
I have to be authentic (and humble) to realize the maps I’m playing from in life do not perfectly represent the territory. By territory I mean not only the reality of where I am now, but the potential and destiny I’m meant to experience.
I’m in need of being a map creator.
We’re living from the maps of the life-scapes we routinely use. Maps change over time as we become more accurate. Take a look at Ptolemy’s world map from the 2nd century (15th-century reconstruction) …
Consider the area of relationships. We have entrenched patterns we have developed in how we relate to people. And also, the types of people we relate to.
These are deeply scripted patterns that tend to hold our relationships in the same level of orbit. It’s a gravitational field of sorts. Of course with relationships, this is vital because relationships affect most everything … our basic enjoyment of life and our personal and professional development.
If we keep operating from the same maps with our relationships, we’ll stay at the same level. We’ll have to venture forth and create new maps if we want a new relational life.
What could that look like? We improve our relational and conversational skills. How about developing our EQ quotient (emotional intelligence)? … empathy, understanding, communication, etc. We create healthy networking to meet new people.
What is our need? What is our opportunity? We can create new maps in various areas of life by poking, leaving, exploring and new map-creation.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: ‘Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!'”
– W.H. Murray, Scottish mountaineer and writer