Some people have a terrible time making a decision.
“What do you want to eat tonight?”
“I don’t know, what do you want?”
“I don’t care – can you just make a decision!!”
Some decisions, like where to eat, are small.
But some decisions, like deciding your life’s purpose, can feel quite big.
Maybe this will help…
“Decide” is a word in the same category as pesti-cide, homi-cide, sui-cide.
To decide is to kill off all other possibilities.
If I decide to eat Italian, I’m killing the possibility of eating Mexican.
Perhaps this is why some people avoid being decisive – they are avoiding the pain of killing off possibilities.
We naturally avoid pain.
Here’s a less painful way forward…
Choose > Decide
To decide is to take away – kill – all other possibilities (pain)
To choose empowers us to select the best among options (no pain)
Think of it this way…
Tonight I choose to eat Italian, and still have the option of Mexican tomorrow.
Or, for this season of my life, my purpose is (something).
But for the next season of my life, my purpose will be (something else).
To choose the best option for this moment is to keep possibilities alive – and allow ourselves to move forward with haste.