Like It, or Live It Out?

Just about everyone enjoys quotes. They’re thought-provoking and motivational. But do they motivate action, or just a happy feeling? Do we simply agree with a quote and share it on Facebook and Twitter, or do we strive to live it out?

Today I’m beginning a weekly focus on how we can begin putting action and meaning behind great leadership quotes. I really like this quote by Seth Godin:

“You don’t need more time, you just need to decide.”

But how can we live Seth’s words out? What should this quote look like in our daily lives? Here are a few of my thoughts:

Have confidence. We worry too much about making decisions. If our decisions affect others, we should respect the decision-making process and not take it lightly. However, sometimes our procrastination hurts those around us by delaying the team’s progress or doubting their expertise.

Be consistent. Are you a fence sitter? If so, you’re not really doing yourself or your team any favors. Know where you stand so you can make your decisions with confidence and allow your teammates to understand your thought process.

Get off the pot and move! Ha! That might sound a bit redneck, but at some point you simply need to decide so you can move forward. The activator in me says that you can start moving forward, and you can tweak your actions as you go. The fact that you’re moving forward with your decision will help you improve it.

Time shouldn’t change your decision. Life experiences are what form our style of decision-making. If you find yourself questioning your own logic, find a mentor to help you work through your questions regarding your decision.

Don’t treat your decision-making as an event. Making a decision is part of a process; it’s not the grand finale.

Do you have anything else to add? What does this quote mean to you?


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