How to take decisions that matter


The word ‘decision’ comes from Latin. The first part ‘de’ means ‘from’, and the second part comes from the word ‘caedere’ which means to cut.

So when we take a “decision” we cut from all the options except one. We free ourselves to move forward. We decide.

The cumulative result of all of these decisions is the person we become by the time we are 84.

So when you find yourself unable to take a decision, unable to cut yourself free, ask yourself what advice your 84-year old self would give you. Or which decision would turn you into the 84-year old person you want to become?

Chapter 4 of inner leadership provides five tools that help you choose the best way forward.

Of these the most important is to define what it will take for you to have lived a worthwhile life.

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